Charles Woodson

The first domino is about to fall for the Green Bay Packers and according to Ian Rapoport that domino is safety Charles Woodson.

The Packers will release Woodson in a move that will save $10 million against this season’s salary cap.

Carl Poston, Charles Woodson’s agent, tells me: “They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business.”

Although this sucks, it wasn’t unexpected.

The Packers need the salary cap room. They had just over $7 million when the season ended. They’ll spend around $5 million to sign their draft class and then they’ll need to address their own free agents.

The priority there would seem to be cornerback Sam Shields, who’s a restricted free agent. He will likely command at least $2 million per season.

The question now is will the Packers try to re-sign Woodson to a cheaper contract?

We know he wants to keep playing. The Packers don’t exactly have a ready-made replacement on the roster either.

Jerron McMillian would be the top candidate to replace Woodson in the lineup, followed by M.D. Jennings. Neither player inspires a lot of confidence.

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After this initial report came out, the Journal Sentinel came out with a story saying the Packers will not attempt to re-sign Woodson. That piece went as far to say Woodson would have been a backup if he was with the Packers in 2013.

It also more or less blamed Woodson for the playoff loss to the 49ers.

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