Packers confirm Charles Woodson to be released

CREATED Feb 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 15, 2013

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have confirmed a report by NFL.com that they have released Charles Woodson.

"We are grateful for all that Charles has given to the Green Bay Packers over the past seven years,” General Manager Ted Thompson said. “He has been an integral part of the Packers’ success and our Super Bowl title in 2010 would not have been possible without his contributions. A once-in-a-generation talent as a player, he is also a great leader and ambassador for the organization off the field. Charles will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We wish him and his family all the best."

Early Friday, NFL.com first said that the Green Bay Packers were getting ready to release Charles Woodson.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport spoke with Woodson's agent.

"They're getting ready to release him. It's part of the business," agent Carl Poston told Rapaport. "I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He'd like to go play for a contender, win another Super Bowl."

Woodson was moved to a safety last year, and was set to make $9 million in 2013.

"He's just not worth that any longer," said Rapaport.

Tyler Dunne with the Journal Sentinel confirmed the news with Poston Friday. He asked if the move by the Packers came as a surprise.

"I don't think so," Poston told Dunn. "People have been talking about it. I think it was just a business deal."

Woodson's winery TwentyFour sent out picture of Woodson Friday with the message, "Thank you Green Bay, it was a great run!"

The Packers have no comment at this point, and Woodson's agent has not yet responded.