Charles Woodson to be released by Packers, wants to play for contender

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The Green Bay Packers are planning to release Charles Woodson. Could he finish his career back in Michigan with the Detroit Lions?

As speculated last month, the Green Bay Packers have decided to part ways with defensive back Charles Woodson. Woodson's agent confirmed the news on Friday, and he said that Woodson wants to continue playing. What's more, Woodson wants to play for a contender.

Chances are this rules out the Detroit Lions from being a possible landing spot for Woodson. I suppose you never say never because of his connection to the University of Michigan, and potentially finishing his career in the same state where it really took off could be appealing. But if Woodson wants to finish his career with a team in contention for the Super Bowl, I don't think he will want to join one coming off of a 4-12 season.

At the same time, there's no guarantee the Lions would even be interested in Woodson. He will turn 37 years old next season, and his play is not on the same level it was just a couple years ago. This is why the Packers released him, as they couldn't justify keeping him around with his massive salary for 2013. He would be a nice veteran presence to add to the secondary for sure, but George Wilson makes more sense if the Lions are going to go down that road.

For more on Woodson's release, check out Acme Packing Company.

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