UPDATED Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 1:45 p.m.
The Green Bay Packers have informed 36-year-old defensive back Charles Woodson he will be released with two years left on his contract.
NFL.com first reported the move on Friday and it was confirmed by The Associated Press with Carl Poston, Woodson's agent. The team has not commented.
Poston says Woodson is motivated to continue his career with a Super Bowl contender.
Woodson signed a five-year deal before the 2010 season that was worth as much as $55 million. He missed nine games during the 2012 regular season because of a broken right collarbone and played in two postseason games for the Packers.
Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998.
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Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 11:53 a.m.
Story from our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:
GREEN BAY - NFL.com is reporting the Green Bay Packers are set to release Charles Woodson.
The defensive back's agent told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport the team is going to cut Woodson.
Woodson, 36, spent the last seven seasons in Green Bay and was set to make about $10 million this year, the highest amount on the team.
FOX 11 has reached out to the Green Bay Packers for comment, but has yet to receive a response.
During his time in Green Bay, Woodson was named the 2009 defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. He was also part of the Super Bowl XLV championship team. In that game, Woodson broke his collarbone defending a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace. That happened before halftime and Woodson spent the rest of the game cheering on the team from the sidelines.
During the team’s trip to the White House to celebrate the Super Bowl victory, President Barack Obama gave a special shout out to Charles Woodson.
When the president visited Wisconsin in January 2011 to give a speech on the economy, he was given a Packers jersey signed by Woodson with the message, "See you at the White House Go Packers."
During the Rose Garden ceremony, Woodson presented the president with a share of Green Bay Packers stock.
"It hurts us a little to give this to you as well," said Woodson.
The president responded by saying he would use his new power to trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the Bears.
Woodson was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 1998 draft. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1997 as a student at the University of Michigan.
Off the field Woodson is known for his charity work at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. In 2009, he made a $2 million donation to support pediatric research at the hospital.
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