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Packers sign CB Woodson, release four

GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 1, 2006) -- Free agent cornerback Charles Woodson signed a multiyear contract with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers didn't release any financial details in announcing the signing.

But Woodson's agent, Kevin Poston, said that the Packers agreed to a seven-year deal for $52.7 million, including $10.5 million in the first year.

The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowler, has played eight seasons for the Oakland Raiders, intercepting 17 passes in 106 games.

He hasn't played a full season since 2001 and broke his right leg Oct. 23 against Buffalo. The Raiders declined to use their franchise tag on Woodson in February, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Woodson won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan and was the fourth overall pick in the 1998 draft. But he didn't always get along with the coaching staff in Oakland and his frequent injuries left him on the sideline too often for the Raiders' taste.

The Packers also released punter Ryan Flinn, kicker Rhys Lloyd, wide receiver Willie Quinnie and linebacker Robert Thomas.

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