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Woodson, who played in Oakland from 1998-2005, will start at safety and will probably play more with the Raiders than any other team that was interested in him. Some contenders (including Denver) looked at Woodson, who was cut by Green Bay earlier this offseason, as a role player.
Woodson, 36, ultimately chose to return to Oakland. The Raiders were offering more money than the other teams. Less than week into training camp, Oakland coach Dennis Allen is thrilled the Raiders secured Woodson.
‘He’s what we expected him to be,” Allen said. “He’s filling a lot of roles. He’s a special player and those types of guys bring a swagger to the field. We need that. He still runs around like he’s 30.”
Allen said he has been fortunate to work with superstar defensive backs in the past few years. He had Darren Sharper in New Orleans as the secondary coach. In 2011, he had Champ Bailey in Denver as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator. Now, he has Woodson.
"It’s fun to coach those special, type of guys,” Allen said.
Allen said Woodson is a living example to the young players in Oakland’s secondary.
“One of the reasons why Charles is here is to show the others guys how to work and what it takes,” Allen said. “That is one of his most important roles here.”