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Charles Woodson signs contract extension in Oakland


The Raiders want to keep veteran safety Charles Woodson around for a little longer.

The 38-year-old signed a one-year contract extension on Monday, according to the team. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the extension is similar to the $1.8 million deal he signed last year with the Raiders. Woodson capped off a quietly excellent 2014 season that included the team lead in tackles and four interceptions.

Originally selected by Oakland in the first round of the 1998 draft, it seems likely that he will finish a decorated career in the Bay Area.

Looking at the 1998 draft, it's incredible to see a non-quarterback (Peyton Manning was the No. 1 overall pick) still active at a premium position. Woodson was taken the same season as Randy Moss, Kyle Turley, Fred Taylor and Tra Thomas, acting as a bridge to a football era that is quickly disappearing.

At the very least, he can be a brilliant asset to Jack Del Rio's locker room, serving as the designated veteran leader to a team of budding young stars.

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