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Even though Super Bowl XLVII wrapped up the 2012-2013 NFL season, there is still plenty of action going on in the league. Granted all of it is happening off the field, yet there has been some activity around the league. Teams are looking at their respective rosters and seeing who is no longer needed. Some of the teams released some heavy hitters while other teams resigned players and cut off any rumors about letting players go.
The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with defensive back Charles Woodson this past Friday. According to NFL.com Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston told the site that, “They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business. I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.” There are many teams that would love the veteran leadership Woodson can offer to help lead a defense. Charles was looking to make about $9 million next season and the Packers didn’t want his price tag to affect their salary cap.
Another defensive veteran got released this past week. Colts all time sack leader Dwight Freeney was cut by the team. Dwight texted with ESPN’s Ed Werder that said, “I was very surprised to hear they wanted to go in a different direction. It would have been nice to retire a Colt. My plan is to hit the free-agent market and see who has interest.”
Colts owner Jim Irsay tried to show his gratitude to Freeney by saying, “Few people have meant as much to the success of the Indianapolis Colts as Dwight Freeney. He has been a dominant player, which is all the more impressive considering his size for his position, and he has won a lot of games for this franchise. Dwight was an artist, a joy to watch, and the dedication he put toward his craft was a rare quality. We will miss him, but look forward to his future induction into the Hall of Fame and Colts Ring of Honor.”
Moving on the Minnesota there were reports saying that the Vikings were looking to try and trade wide receiver Percy Harvin. General manager Rick Spielman spoke with reporters last Friday about the rumors. “Percy Harvin is under contract and we expect him, just like all of our players under contract, to be here. Again, there is no intent to trade Percy Harvin. He is a very good football player.” Spielman did not talk about the structure of Harvin’s contract, but is saying all these talks about trading Harvin is just rumors and there is no truth to these allegations.
The Buffalo Bills will be looking to see who will win the role of starting quarterback. The Bills just re-signed backup QB Tavaris Jackson for a one year deal reportedly worth $4.5 million. Bills new head coach Doug Marrone said that Jackson will compete with last year’s starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Looks like the new coach will look to challenge Fitzpatrick to make sure he will get the most of last year’s starter. Tavaris commented on his relationship with Ryan saying, “Our relationship is pretty good. It’s going to be a little different this year, competing, but things won’t really change in our relationship. If anything, it’ll probably make us closer.”
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Gil Brandt of NFL.com believes free agent cornerback/safety Charles Woodson may end up retiring after he realizes how small his value on the open market.
Charles Woodson has had a great, great HOF-worthy career. I suspect it will be over after he sees the market for him this offseason.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 18, 2013
The truth is that with Woodson turning 37 years...
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Charles Woodson’s agent Carl Poston claims the Green Bay Packers will be releasing his client.
Carl Poston, Charles Woodson’s agent, tells me: “They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 15, 2013
Woodson looks like he has some football left in him. You have to...
GREEN BAY, Wis. Respected veteran players like Charles Woodson can have an impact on NFL teams, even if it's not with their on-field production. It's impossible to quantify the value that it adds, but many players believe it to be true and sometimes that is more than half the battle while the collective group physically and mentally grinds through a challenging season.
It is being reported out of Green Bay that the Packers are releasing former All-Pro defensive back Charles Woodson.With this move, Woodson should become the most targeted defensive player by all teams looking for a safety or simply a leader that can lead their defense to greatness.Woodson had a down season in 2012, only playing seven games.He had 38 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1...
The all time sack leader in Colts history will no longer be with the team. Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Colts have released defensive end Dwight Freeney, and won’t be resigning him.
The 33-year-old Freeney played 10 season in Indianapolis, where he accrued 107.5 sacks in that time span. I’m sure there will be a line of suitors looking for a capable pass rusher...
Charles Woodson could be an interesting fit for Patriots - Sports - The Boston Globe:
Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com writes that DE Dwight Freeney could be an option for the Atlanta Falcons.
Yasinskas adds that Freeney isn’t a “long-term answer,” but he could provide some much needed help opposite of John Abraham next season.
The Colts informed Freeney that they have no intentions of bringing him back next season, so he will be free to sign with a new team as of...
New York Jets fans, Dwight Freeney was recently cut by the Indianapolis Colts after 11 seasons and 107.5 sacks. He is the edge pass-rusher the Jets have never had in the Rex Ryan era! When looking at Freeney, think Michael Strahan, more on that thought in a moment. The Jets have tried and missed on previous edge rushers in the way of Calvin Pace, who in essentially the same number...
I don’t really see it with Woodson because I think McCourty is more of the free safety-type...
According to Peter King of SI.com, the NFL has been “buzzing” since the Colts told defensive end Dwight Freeney they won’t be re-signing him this offseason.
I think the Dwight Freeney release had the league buzzing over the weekend. One GM who was very interested already in former Giant pass rusher Osi Umenyiora told me Freeney would leapfrog Umenyiora on his free-agent board...
Charles Woodson doesn’t have a football job.
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Greg Jennings is likely headed for a short stay on the unemployment line.
It’s that time of year when you realize there are major differences in the way fans feel about “their” teams and the way it is viewed by those that play for and manage those teams.
Pro football, as they say, is a business...
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have informed DE Dwight Freeney and WR Austin Collie on Friday that they will not re-signed during the offseason.
“I was very surprised to hear they wanted to go in a different direction,” said Freeney in a text message sent to ESPN’s Ed Werder. “Would have been nice to retire a Colt.”
Both players are set...