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Woodson rejoins Raiders after seven-year hiatus

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 8:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • dr_robert

    Raider O Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I don’t think S Garcia is racist. It was a stupid mistake, but he sounds sincere.
    —–
    Did he say he was just joking? Sorry Garcia, but when I say something racist and add just joking, I still get called a racist.
    If ur going to toss out the fried chicken comment, might as well add watermelon to round out the meal.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If I can just get these azzhats to not play 4 OF’s every damn batter, and use the rover in the infield and to cover bloopers we would be set.

    I am pushing for the 3 man OF with your boy anchor CF.

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

    They got me in center now though, pretty “geeked” about that.

    Not so much about batting 10th, lol.
    =======

    lol
    I lead off Tuesday nights, but Thursdays I’m burried somewhere in the bottom of the order

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LOL Hwnrdr.
    Good memory brother.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:20 am
    Fella’s you all got the wrong equipment.One word………
    ……..chillum!

    *************************
    damn Twinkle .. havent heard, seen or used one
    since high school !!!

  • dr_robert

    Only football board in the country that has juicers as their main topic the day after signing one of their most popular players. u guys take the cake.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    who thought craptree was going to have a better season than dhb? lmao!

  • ottocrat
  • SnBG

    I don’t do the drinks, but I’m going to try it
    Just throw a whole lotta greens and fruits in a blender?
    Thats all?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    You can start that way and experiment with the taste. There are also lots of veggie drink recipes online.
    Done right they can taste fantastic.

  • DMAC

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Raider O Says:
    The plant has chemicals. cannabinoids
    =======================================================

    And DHMO. As do all those juices you guys are drinking.

    Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.
    ======

    You sure your not a Dr?
    What about that sampler?

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:23 am

    They got me in center now though, pretty “geeked” about that.

    Not so much about batting 10th, lol.
    —–
    batting 10th means the top of the order gets to drive u home. Not a bad deal.

  • hwnrdr

    DMAC, pretty much! Kale is always good with spinach leaves. I usually add a half lemon with the peel as well.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 am
    Raider O Says:
    The plant has chemicals. cannabinoids
    =======================================================

    And DHMO. As do all those juices you guys are drinking.

    Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    But it’s organic juice. lol

  • hwnrdr

    Also, you’d have to blend it good because it may taste to grainy! First veggie drink, I felt like a cow grazing!

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    If I can just get these azzhats to not play 4 OF’s every damn batter, and use the rover in the infield and to cover bloopers we would be set.

    I am pushing for the 3 man OF with your boy anchor CF.
    =======

    Yeah, you gotta know opposing lineups. The rover can be a key factor. especially for those guys that don’t go deep often.

  • dr_robert

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:26 am

    who thought craptree was going to have a better season than dhb? lmao!
    =========
    If Craptree plays just 3 games he’ll have a better season than DHB.
    I remember priest saying DHB would smoke crab, and in crab’s first game, he had more receptions than DHB in his previous 8.
    Good riddance to bad trash, DHB

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    Ottocrat Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:26 am
    BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/22/michael-crabtree-suffers-torn-achilles-in-workout/
    ———-
    LOL good news

  • Twinkle

    R8ER MIKE…..this should bring back fond memories

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVGB1AmrEpM

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:25 am
    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:20 am
    Fella’s you all got the wrong equipment.One word………
    ……..chillum!

    *************************
    damn Twinkle .. havent heard, seen or used one
    since high school !!!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    WTF is that? You know it’s old as F if ODB knew about it in HS.

  • dr_robert

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    If I can just get these azzhats to not play 4 OF’s every damn batter, and use the rover in the infield and to cover bloopers we would be set.

    I am pushing for the 3 man OF with your boy anchor CF.—
    ==
    Rover? means ur in the senior league with a rover, right?
    u can’t be as old as kell, can u? is anyone that old?
    I mean besides priest?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Charles Woodson is old.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    craptree isnt playing any game…lmao

  • DMAC

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Charles Woodson is old.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.
    =======

    So is my dog Coco

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DMAC Says:
    You sure your not a Dr?
    What about that sampler?
    ==============================================

    No problem. Enjoy the cultivation but just don’t partake like I did once. I think the last time was when I kept my promise for admission to the green party. That was probably 2 months ago.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Yeah, you gotta know opposing lineups. The rover can be a key factor. especially for those guys that don’t go deep often.

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

    Can’t stand just having 4 guys in the OF all game.

    I am having to position these guys, and they just end up in the way anyways (ABQ is so windy and 5,000 feet above sea level, fly balls hang in the air for 5 minutes).

  • R8ER MIKE

    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:30 am
    R8ER MIKE…..this should bring back fond memories

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVGB1AmrEpM

    ****************************
    damn sure does brother !!
    do you remember power hitters ??

  • DMAC

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 am

    DMAC Says:
    You sure your not a Dr?
    What about that sampler?
    ==============================================

    No problem. Enjoy the cultivation but just don’t partake like I did once. I think the last time was when I kept my promise for admission to the green party. That was probably 2 months ago.
    ======

    Where do you reside? If you dont mind me asking

  • RaiderRockstar

    Crabtree done for the season .. but they’ll get back Mario Manningham and they drafted Quinton Patton

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rover? means ur in the senior league with a rover, right?

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

    10 defenders in every softball league I ever played in.

    Even ASA traveling teams have that.

    Old softball leagues just move the bases in.

  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:30 am
    R8ER MIKE…..this should bring back fond memories

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVGB1AmrEpM

    ****************************
    damn sure does brother !!
    do you remember power hitters ??
    =========

    Yeah
    The Bash Bros. were my fav. growing up.

  • Twinkle

    O hit the link….these guys are pros but the equipment from around the 17th century is state of the art.The most efficient system yet of delivering the mostest coolest product to your poor fu@king lungs….lmao.

  • DMAC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Yeah, you gotta know opposing lineups. The rover can be a key factor. especially for those guys that don’t go deep often.

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

    Can’t stand just having 4 guys in the OF all game.

    I am having to position these guys, and they just end up in the way anyways (ABQ is so windy and 5,000 feet above sea level, fly balls hang in the air for 5 minutes).
    =======

    I think its time to recruit players Vegas, unless they’re your home boys or something

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DMAC Says:
    Where do you reside? If you dont mind me asking
    ====================================================

    Where else? Grass Valley!

  • realtruraider

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 13h
    Raiders got their exclusive `cream puff’ interview with C-Wood for Web site. Rest of the minions get to ask questions Wednesday.

    ———————————————

    lol, Jer doesn’t sound to happy about this. Jer is a minion? Wheres beeech at?

  • inonewordraider

    If Craptree plays just 3 games he’ll have a better season than DHB.
    I remember priest saying DHB would smoke crab, and in crab’s first game, he had more receptions than DHB in his previous 8.
    Good riddance to bad trash, DHB
    ______
    had to get rid of the contract but dhb gave everything he had to us, played the next game after the vicious pitt hit. no way i’m bashing dhb

  • DMAC

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:37 am

    DMAC Says:
    Where do you reside? If you dont mind me asking
    ====================================================

    Where else? Grass Valley!
    ======

    Are you serious about the sampler?
    How far of a drive from Oak?
    3-4 hours maybe?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jerry is not liking his new era of media access apparently.

    Before it was either an interview with a scribe or no interview at all.

    Now the Raiders are handling some of it internally.

    Paper print media is dying slowly by the day.

  • Twinkle

    DMAC if you are referring to what we called shotguns whereby one puts the lit end in ones mouth and blows…
    then yes…still got the scars to prove it but otherwise no.lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    had to get rid of the contract but dhb gave everything he had to us, played the next game after the vicious pitt hit. no way i’m bashing dhb

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

    This isn’t 6 year old girls soccer, where everyone wins for trying.

    DHB was brought in to be an elite WR and catch TD’s.

    He failed miserably and I hope he continues to bomb in Indy.

  • inonewordraider

    Did he say he was just joking? Sorry Garcia, but when I say something racist and add just joking, I still get called a racist.
    If ur going to toss out the fried chicken comment, might as well add watermelon to round out the meal.
    ________________
    oh i get it now, begging for attention

    that’s the trait of a woman, i expected more from you Rob

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    realtruraider Says:

    Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd 13h
    Raiders got their exclusive `cream puff’ interview with C-Wood for Web site. Rest of the minions get to ask questions Wednesday.

    ———————————————

    lol, Jer doesn’t sound to happy about this. Jer is a minion?
    ====================================================

    Jer and Levi were first two and last two of the media at the ralley yesterday.

  • Twinkle

    Sorry previous post was in answer to R8ER MIKE and not you DMAC.Eyesight is always the second thing to go.

  • Twinkle

    DMAC you are a 49er….lol.

  • DMAC

    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Sorry previous post was in answer to R8ER MIKE and not you DMAC.Eyesight is always the second thing to go.
    ======

    All good
    Thats what I thought

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DMAC Says:
    Are you serious about the sampler?
    How far of a drive from Oak?
    3-4 hours maybe?
    ====================================================

    Sure. May be in Santa Cruz for a llama PR thing June 2nd,3rd.
    BBL.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:37 am
    O hit the link….these guys are pros but the equipment from around the 17th century is state of the art.The most efficient system yet of delivering the mostest coolest product to your poor fu@king lungs….lmao.
    $$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    I did. I wish I knew about it before. Lungs Killer!

  • DMAC

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    DMAC Says:
    Are you serious about the sampler?
    How far of a drive from Oak?
    3-4 hours maybe?
    ====================================================

    Sure. May be in Santa Cruz for a llama PR thing June 2nd,3rd.
    BBL.
    =======
    Fasho
    Save my email….yeris510@yahoo.com

  • inonewordraider

    This isn’t 6 year old girls soccer, where everyone wins for trying.

    DHB was brought in to be an elite WR and catch TD’s.

    He failed miserably and I hope he continues to bomb in Indy.
    ______________
    he didn’t choose to be drafted #7

    can’t want a player to embrace the team, culture fans etc then rip him the day he leaves, you’re not exactly #1 raider fan

  • DMAC

    Twinkle Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 am

    DMAC you are a 49er….lol.
    =====

    NEVER!!!
    I’m a California Bear/Raider/A’s/Warrior

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Twinkle Says:
    Eyesight is always the second thing to go.
    =====================================================

    Yep. Three things go as you get older.
    Your memory, your eyesight, and… wait…it’ll come to me…