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Packers release star Woodson

Charles Woodson is on the market.

The Packers released the 36-year-old defensive back Friday with two years left on his contract.

The Packers cleared about $10 million in cap space by releasing Woodson. Carl Poston, Woodson's agent, said the veteran wasn't done yet.

"The Packers told Charles they're going in a different direction," Poston said. "Charles told me he still wants to play — for a Super Bowl contender."

Woodson signed a five-year deal before the 2010 season worth as much as $55 million. He missed nine games during the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone and played in two postseason games for the Packers in his seventh year with the franchise.

"We had a good run," Woodson wrote to in a text message.

Woodson was the NFL defensive player of the year in 2009 and the defensive rookie of the year in 1998. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.

Colts part with veterans: The Colts issued a statement saying defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie will not return to the team. Freeney is Indianapolis' career sacks leader. The Colts did not actually cut Freeney yet; he is set to become a free agent March 12.

Bills: Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson re-signed, and new coach Doug Marrone said he intends to have Jackson compete with incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job.

Panthers: Center Ryan Kalil restructured his contract, reported. He gets a $5 million signing bonus in exchange for a reduced salary and thus a lower cap hit.

Patriots: Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard took the witness stand in court and denied punching a police officer during a traffic stop, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Dennard, 23, a former star at Nebraska, is on trial at county court.

Rams: Coach Jeff Fisher named Tim Walton as defensive coordinator. Walton had been the Lions' secondary coach and was a former defensive coordinator in college at Miami. … The team released receiver Titus Young just days after picking him up off of waivers. Fisher said the team picked him up before it had much time to do any background checks and concluded that Young was "not the best option."

Vikings: The team has no intention of trading wide receiver and former Florida star Percy Harvin, general manager Rick Spielman said. Spielman declined to address the possibility of negotiating a new deal for Harvin, who will enter the final year of his contract in 2013. … After one final season at the Metrodome, the team will play at the University of Minnesota's on-campus outdoor facility, TCF Bank Stadium, during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. A new stadium is planned at the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.

Packers release star Woodson 02/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:30pm]
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