NFL Notes: Packers to release Woodson

NFL Notes: Packers to release Woodson
February 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Eagles have made a lot of headlines so far this offseason with the hiring of Chip Kelly, who has brought in some of his staff from Oregon who are familiar with his fast-paced offense (see story).

Here is a look at the other news from around the league:

Packers to release Woodson
Charles Woodson has spent the past seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, but it seems like in 2013 he'll be wearing a different uniform.

"[The Packers] are getting ready to release him," Woodson's agent Carl Poston told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via ProFootballTalk). "It's part of the business."

Poston said the former Defensive Player of the Year would like to sign with a Super Bowl contender.

Woodson has 38 interceptions and nine returned for a touchdown in his career with Green Bay. He spent his first eight years in the league with the Raiders.

Colts not re-signing Freeney
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dwight Freeney and Austin Collie were not expected to be back with the Indianapolis Colts next season.

On Friday, the team made it official by issuing a statement saying it would not re-sign Freeney, the Colts' career sacks leader, or Collie, a key player in their second Super Bowl run since moving to Indy. Both will now become unrestricted free agents.

"Sadly, Dwight and Horseshoe parting ways," team owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter after the team confirmed the moves.

It's the second straight year Indy's offseason has started with the departure of some familiar faces and fan favorites.

Last year, the Colts released four-time MVP Peyton Manning in early March. A few days later, they cut running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, safety Melvin Bullitt and tight end Dallas Clark. Right tackle Ryan Diem retired and a handful of players including receiver Pierre Garcon and center Jeff Saturday left in free agency. It looked like the Colts might also lose Pro Bowlers Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne, too, but Indy re-signed both players and both again made the Pro Bowl team in 2012.

Indy then drafted Andrew Luck and two tight ends and a receiver in the first three rounds, signed free agents Donnie Avery, Winston Justice and Samson Satele and found enough replacements to post an 11-5 mark and return to the playoffs.

The moves left the Colts with little salary cap room last season. With the Colts projected to have more than $40 million available under the cap when free agency opens in a couple of weeks, the decisions this time had nothing to do with money (see full story).

- The Associated Press

'No intent' to trade Harvin
Whether the Minnesota Vikings will keep Percy Harvin has been a much debated topic this offseason, and the Vikings have been playing it close to the vest.

As of now, general manager Rick Spielman told reporters (via ProFootballTalk) the Vikings have "no intent" of trading their wide receiver.

Harvin expects a big payday as he enters the final year of his rookie contract and there has been talk of him holding out if he does not receive one.

However, Spielman says he expects Harvin to be at camp just like the rest of the team.

In nine games last season, Harvin had 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown. Harvin's 2012 season was shortened though when he was placed on injury reserve following ankle surgery.

Jackson re-signs with Bills
The Buffalo Bills will be having an "open competition" at quarterback heading into the 2013 season.

The Bills announced they have re-signed Tarvaris Jackson to a one-year contract and he will have the opportunity to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job.

"I spoke with Ryan and Tarvaris and told them we will have an open competition at the quarterback position -- similar to what we will do at all positions on your team heading into our offseason work," Bills coach Doug Marrone said, per ProFootballTalk. "I believe that our players will embrace this challenge. We are looking forward to working with our players as we prepare for the 2013 season."

BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown believes Jackson may be the more attractive option to Monroe and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett due to his experience with the West Coast offense.

Jackson did not attempt a pass last season with the Bills.

He last started in Seattle during the 2011 season. He made 14 starts and went 7-7. He threw for 3,091 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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