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Charles Woodson returns to Oakland, signs one-year deal with Raiders

05.22.13 at 11:07 am ET
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Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson is going back to where his NFL career started, as the defensive back signed a one-year contract with the Raiders Tuesday.

The contract includes a $700,000 signing bonus and could be worth as much as $4.3 million in 2013. It is a deal that will make Raiders fans happy, as many of them staked out at the team’s facility Tuesday urging him to sign with the team.

The Raiders had a hole at free safety after releasing seven-year veteran Michael Huff. With the signing of Woodson, Oakland has added a player who can fill that hole while working with first-round pick D.J. Hayden at cornerback.

The 36-year-old was the fourth overall pick in the 1998 draft and spent eight seasons with Oakland before signing with the Packers as a free agent. After seven seasons with Green Bay, Woodson was released Feb. 15 with two years remaining on his contract.

Woodson has 55 career interceptions, 17 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and 11 interception returns for touchdowns in 206 career games. He recorded one interception in seven games last season after intercepting seven passes in 15 games in 2011.

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