Porter re-signed, Woodson tagged

The Oakland Raiders took care of their most prominent offseason priorities Tuesday – in different fashions.

The Oakland Raiders re-signed wide receiver Jerry Porter and placed the franchise tag on cornerback Charles Woodson for the second consecutive season.

According to an ESPN.com report, Porter's deal is for five years but automatically voids after three years and is worth from $10-15 million. As for Woodson, ESPN.com reported that it would cost the Raiders $10.529 million for the one-year qualifying offer that goes with Woodson's franchise tag status and is a 20 percent raise from last season.

Woodson, however, still could wind up playing elsewhere because he is not an exclusive franchise player, a status that allows him to negotiate with other teams. If he signs with another team the Raiders will receive two first-round draft picks. Oakland could also try to do a "sign and trade" move with Woodson.

Porter, who became disgruntled last season after feeling the team should have already taken care of a long term contract, led the Raiders with 64 catches for 998 yards and nine touchdowns. The receptions and yardage established career highs while the touchdowns tied his previous career high set in 2002.

"We're excited to have Jerry back in Silver and Black for the long term," Raiders head coach Norv Turner said in a statement the team released. "Although he posted career numbers last year, we feel that Jerry's best football is still ahead of him."

The Raiders drafted Porter in the second round out of West Virginia in 2000 but spent most of his first four seasons as an understudy to future Hall-of-Famers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice.

"I'm happy to return to the Raiders and I'm ready to get started on a new football season," Porter said in a statement released by the team. "This year, a year stronger, another year with Kerry, another year in Norv's offense, it's only going to get better."

Oakland drafted Woodson in the first round of the 1998 draft after a Heisman Trophy winning season at the University of Michigan. The four-time Pro Bowler, however, has provided his share of problems the last two seasons by clashing with management and former head coach Bill Callahan. He was also arrested for public drunkenness in late December 2004.


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