Woodson signs tender, reports

Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson ended his monthlong without the "boat load of money" he anticipated but he is there nonetheless.

Woodson signed a one-year tender for $8.782 million on Tuesday, joining the team for the first time after a 33-day holdout.

Woodson wanted a longterm deal and hoped the leverage of a holdout would force the Raiders to negotiate with him. But before he could talk about another deal or come to camp, he had to sign the tender offer.

The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Woodson in February. The 27-year-old Woodson wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.

Woodson, who also missed all the offseason minicamps, participated in practice and meetings while he tried to catch up with his teammates.

Woodson reported to camp with no guarantee that the Raiders would negotiate a longterm deal and could face the same problem next offseason.

Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner said Woodson wouldn't play in Thursday's exhibition finale against St. Louis. Woodson, however, expects to be in the starting lineup when the team opens the regular season on Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh.

Woodson had been working out twice a day in Houston, so the Raiders aren't as concerned about his fitness level as they are about his ability to play catch-up in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme.

Trade block

The Raiders traded running back Troy Hambrick and defensive end Pepe Zellner to Arizona for conditional draft picks.


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