Charles Woodson is on the market.
The Green Bay Packers have informed the 36-year-old defensive back he will be released with two years left on his contract.
NFL.com first reported the move on Friday and it was confirmed by The Associated Press with Carl Poston, Woodson‚??s agent. The team has not commented on reports that it has decided to cut Woodson.
‚??The Packers told Charles they‚??re going in a different direction,‚?Ě Poston told the AP. ‚??Charles told me he still wants to play ‚?? for a Super Bowl contender.‚?Ě
Woodson signed a five-year deal before the 2010 season that was 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,‚?Ě Woodson wrote to ESPNWisconsin.com 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 Oakland Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.
He‚??s the only player in NFL history with touchdowns off interceptions in six straight seasons, a feat he pulled off each year from 2006 to 2011, and leads the league with nine touchdowns off interceptions since 2006.
Woodson was productive for the Packers, but they have some tough decisions to make this offseason to manage the salary cap.
INDIANAPOLIS ‚?? The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie.
Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.
Freeney, Indy‚??s career sacks leader, turns 33 next week. His sacks totals declined for a third straight year in 2012, this time after moving from defensive end to outside linebacker.
NEW YORK ‚?? Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.
According to the league‚??s most recent tax return, most of Goodell‚??s pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus. His base pay was $3.1 million. The NFL was scheduled to file the return Friday.
While the league declined comment on specifics, it must, by law, make the return available upon request.
In 2011, Goodell helped the league reach a new 10-year labor deal and work out lucrative TV contracts.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a statement calling the NFL the ‚??most successful and best-managed sports league in the world,‚?Ě and it ‚??is in no small part due to Roger‚??s leadership.‚?Ě He added that Goodell‚??s ‚??compensation reflects that.‚?Ě
Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010. Goodell‚??s compensation was first reported by Sports Business Journal.