Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, is reportedly in talks on a new contract with the team, Josina Anderson of FOX31 in Denver reports.
Woodson, who turns 34 in October, has three years and, depending on Pro Bowl appearances, between $20.6 and $23.6 million dollars remaining on a seven-year, $43 million dollar contract the six-time Pro Bowler signed as a free agent in 2006. Woodson is due to earn a $6.5 million dollar base salary in 2010, as well as up to an additional $900,000 in roster bonuses throughout the season.
A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s, Woodson has 258 tackles, 6 quarterback sacks, and 28 interceptions, seven of which he’s returned for touchdowns, over his four seasons in Green Bay.
Overall, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and fourth-overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Michigan has 45 interceptions, 11.5 quarterback sacks, and 9 interception returns for touchdowns in his career.
It’s unlikely that Woodson is seeking the $15 million dollar per year contract that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha received from the Oakland Raiders, but after seeing what teammate Al Harris is currently going through, getting a significant portion of the $20 million dollars remaining on his contract guaranteed wouldn’t be far-fetched, or all that unreasonable.
Given Woodson’s age and the number of remaining years on his contract, it will be interesting to see if the Packers address his contract this off-season.