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Woodson rejoins Raiders after seven-year hiatus

Beat writer Jerry McDonald stuck it out in Alameda all day, certainly much longer than many of the fans that arrived early, and he was rewarded with word that defensive back Charles Woodson is coming back to the Raiders.
Here’s McDonald’s story:

Charles Woodson is coming home, signing a one-year deal to return to the Raiders on Tuesday.

The contract reportedly is for $4.3 million, including a $700,000 signing bonus.

Sitting in the passenger seat of a black Suburban inching slowly toward the security gate, Woodson smiled broadly as a crowd of more than 100 fans chanted his name.

Woodson left at about 7:20 p.m., about five hours after he arrived. He had the driver stop the car so he could sign autographs for fans, many of whom turned around and drove back to the facility once they heard the news.

“I’ve got to go, so I can’t get to you all. Don’t worry, I’ll be around,” Woodson said.

A free agent visit by Woodson to the place where he started his career became an impromptu Raider rally, with word spreading via social media.

Once past the gate, Woodson looked toward the building, raised both arms in the air then walked inside, followed by a Raiders camera chronicling the event.

Wearing a blue Michigan T-shirt and blue jeans, Woodson, 36, re-emerged from the building accompanied by Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown and walked to the fence to acknowledge the crowd. He held a child’s size No. 24 Raiders jersey with his name on it as fans chanted, “Come home Woodson, come home Woodson.”

A Raider fan known as “Dr. Death,” decked out in full costume, was delighted.

“Now that’s what I came to see,” he said.

Released by the Green Bay Packers, Woodson had found the market for his services soft, due to both his age and the fact that he has broken his right collarbone twice in the past three years.

Woodson was unavailable to the media, as were Raiders coaches and players, with the one-day window for this week’s organized team activity having taken place Monday.

Woodson reportedly had an offer from the Denver Broncos, which apparently was not enough to get him signed. The New York Giants are also said to be interested.

Woodson visited the 49ers early in free agency but received no contract offer.

Fans began assembling in the back lot of the Raiders facility as early as 9:30 a.m., with two security guards hired by the team coming 30 minutes later. He didn’t arrive until approximately 2:30, not that fans seemed to mind.

Antoine Johnson, who grew up in Oakland and attends Sacramento State, was wearing a University of Michigan No. 2 jersey with Woodson’s name on the back, the number he wore on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.

Later, when Woodson went to the fence, he acknowledged Johnson, who then pulled back the sleeve of his right arm to display a tattoo that said, “True to me.” Johnson said he got it because Woodson has the same tattoo and Woodson is his favorite player.

Shine Nieto drove for more than three hours from the Tule River Indian Reservation in the Sierra Nevada foothills to be at the facility. He carried with him a white Woodson No. 24 jersey.

“I just wanted to be here to welcome him,” Nieto said. “It’s like when Marcus Allen came back to the Coliseum to light the torch. It’s a special moment. Part of history.

Raiders players who were leaving after their OTA practice found themselves driving slowly through a gauntlet of cheering fans.

Fullback Marcel Reece even stopped, emerged from his car and exchanged hugs and handshakes with fans. So did defensive end Jason Hunter, who signed as an unrestricted free agent.

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  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm
    Update talked to Corky. He said he will banquish all these pathetic trolls.
    PLUG THEM UP CORK!!!
    ********
    Lol banquish?

    Aww. U do reference beeech a lot and seem very upset the gay porn guy is gone.

    U will be dealt with soon.

    Sorry but gay little impostors aren’t allowed in the party.

    But u have heard that ur whole life.

  • Just Fire Baby

    KoolKell,

    We all have the interent and access to pft, thanks

    Even us in the “hinterlands”

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says

    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    These morons think imitating me will frustrate me.

    They’re obsessed with me.

    Lol. Pathetic little trolls.
    ********
    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    These morons think imitating me will frustrate me.

    They’re obsessed with me.

    Lol. Pathetic little trolls. Very gay.
    ***********
    Just noticed I pulled a Kell, and quoted my own post two minutes later.
    Just call me LoopyLoo.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    and now we have 3 Dr.Roberts ?????
    when will this nightmare be over ????
    ========================================================

    Assuming all three aren’t him, and as we’ve seen he has the verbosity to be up to the task, then it won’t be over until he stops posting.
    Anyone that posts as incessantly and often irritatingly and contentiously as him will inspire and deserve imitating trolls.

  • SilverLining20

    Urlacher must have seen how much love and support/money that an old guy like Chuck got to sign and realized how useless he is and in result retired.

    Great player. RIP #54

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    These morons think imitating me will frustrate me.

    They’re obsessed with me.

    Lol. Pathetic little trolls. Very gay.
    ***
    Very, very gay. Do you guys like how i added the Cherry part to my handle. Hoping to meet Jason Collins in a mens restroom for some foot action.
    ********

    Lol. So u admit ur impostor crap is gay.

    This is my finest hour. Two obsessive trolls memorizing and imitating me.

    A testament to my greatness.

    Never before seen.

    I’m burned into their memories. They think of me all the time.

    I am the great one.
    ***
    I AGREE YOUR VERY VERY GAY!
    *******
    And yet u love to try to be me.

    Like I said. Ur pathetic.

  • spiff

    trade brice butler to the niners for a 2014 2nd rd. pick

  • Twinkle

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    ok this is some kind of bazaro world sh1t going on now….
    first the GreenParty Prez and the Vice Prez are going to stop smoking…..
    Hooters sells hot wings….
    and now we have 3 Dr.Roberts ?????
    when will this nightmare be over ????
    ****************************************
    when you learn the magic of ‘the scroll wheel’ grasshopper…..lol sorry couldn’t resist. lol

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    Dr_ Robert Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    These morons think imitating me will frustrate me.

    They’re obsessed with me.

    Lol. Pathetic little trolls. Very gay.
    ***
    Very, very gay. Do you guys like how i added the Cherry part to my handle. Hoping to meet Jason Collins in a mens restroom for some foot action.
    ———–
    You sound more like the type of gay that would put soy sauce on Kwame harris food just so you can get slap around.

  • hwnrdr

    949.Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    Maybe JFB, but there are reports that the residents don’t want that arena there. Calling it an eye sore!

    *****************************

    If there isn’t any public money involved (or much) and it doesn’t need to get a voter apporoved ballot measure approved………what can the residents do?

    Picket? They certainly aren’t going to stop a billion dollar construction project.

    Very true…luckily SF is not like Berkeley :)

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says

    I just realized something. Cork has told me before he’s tired of my racist rants, and my incessant mistic maulings. Maybe that’s why he’s allowing me to be the butt of the jokes?
    Ok, I promise never to mention mistic again, and I admit when I see kell post peckerwood, i think of my penile implant.
    Hope that gets me back in good graces.

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says

    I have a son. Just can’t remember the little dickens name. wait. do I have a son? meds, more meds.

  • spiff

    trade connor vernon to the niners for a 2014 1st. rd. pick, make it happen reggie.

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored Says

    Very true…luckily SF is not like Berkeley :)
    *********
    nothing is like berzerkly. wandered the streets there in my youth, living off handouts at peoples park. ah, the good ole days.

  • spiff

    more news at 11…….

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    and now we have 3 Dr.Roberts ?????
    when will this nightmare be over ????
    ========================================================

    Assuming all three aren’t him, and as we’ve seen he has the verbosity to be up to the task, then it won’t be over until he stops posting.
    Anyone that posts as incessantly and often irritatingly and contentiously as him will inspire and deserve imitating trolls.
    ********
    Assuming this is the real purvis, how does one “inspire and deserve imitating trolls”?

    The impostors are doing what exactly to me?

    They clearly walk the line between wanting to be like me and hating me.

    This sounds mentally ill. I believe it’s MR.

  • R8ER MIKE

    new post !!

  • ottocrat

    946.KoolKell Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:05 pm
    Geno Smith signs with Jay-Z’s firm

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/22/geno-smith-signs-with-jay-zs-firm/

    —————————————————-

    When I first heard of Jay-Z’s firm, I was suspect. But now I see that picture of him wearing fake glasses, so it must be legitimate.

  • new improved dr robert now cherry flavored

    New Improved Dr Robert Now Cherry Flavored Says Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    I just realized something. Cork has told me before he’s tired of my racist rants, and my incessant mistic maulings. Maybe that’s why he’s allowing me to be the butt of the jokes?
    Ok, I promise never to mention mistic again, and I admit when I see kell post peckerwood, i think of my penile implant.
    Hope that gets me back in good graces.
    ********
    Lol. That’s what u think ur doing? Making “jokes” on me?

    Ur showing how important I am to u by obsessively memorizing every post of mine and spending ur day trying to do what?

    Get my attention? Make others not like me?

    Cork is busy. But he will ban u. U can never beat me.
    Ur the one who has to look in the mirror and know what a pathetic loser u are to be so obsessed with a poster on a blog.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Tough blow, let’s hope our players can make it through camp

    ***

    @Kell

    Agreed – I would hate if 49er fans laughed at us for losing DMo17 or Streater to a torn Achilles!

    they have no class though, so it wouldn’t surprise me

  • ohioraider

    The_Judge37 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 10:45 am

    willy91137 Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 10:43 am
    DeAngelo Hall is the guy that we paid 8 million to play eight games

    in just retired this year we cut him after eight games he was guaranteed 8 million

    not one of AL the best moves
    ——–

    Can’t blame him for trying to have two great corners. I blame DeAngelo for not being able to man up to man2man
    ——————————————
    That’s right, Judge, everybody: players, coaches, the league, scouts, let Al down. It was one big cluster fk of a conspiracy.

  • Twinkle

    hwnrdr Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    949.Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    Maybe JFB, but there are reports that the residents don’t want that arena there. Calling it an eye sore!

    *****************************

    If there isn’t any public money involved (or much) and it doesn’t need to get a voter apporoved ballot measure approved………what can the residents do?

    Picket? They certainly aren’t going to stop a billion dollar construction project.

    Very true…luckily SF is not like Berkeley :)
    **************************************************
    Yeah in some ways its worse.The pier they want it on belongs to the city or the property owners (read taxpayers) of SF.They wont stop it they just wont allow it to start.

  • names2long

    Welcome Back Charles Woodson!!

    Somewhere Al Davis (R.I.P.) is smiling…just the type of player he would have signed late in their careers; guys with a something left in the tank who will also inspire others because of their greatness, ala Jerry Rice, Rod Woodson, etc…