Raiders DB Charles Woodson could return for 2016 season

Woodson will turn 40 next year. 
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Oakland Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson says he is open to playing into the 2016 season, he told reporters on Wednesday.

“I guess I’m already there, pretty much,” Woodson said, according to ESPN. “Could I see myself going another year? Uhh, I guess I could. I mean, it’s right there. It’s not like it’s five years away so it’s right there. So yeah, I could see it.

“Will that happen? I’m not quite sure about that.”

Woodson will turn 40 next year, but his performance in his 18th NFL season hasn’t wavered. His five interceptions are tied with Colts safety Mike Adams for most in the league. He has made all nine starts for the 4–5 Raiders and has recorded 36 tackles.

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Woodson began his career in 1998 when the Raiders selected him with the fourth pick of the draft following his 1997 Heisman Trophy win. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection played for the Green Bay Packers for seven seasons before returning to the Raiders in 2013.

The Raiders will play the Detroit Lions (2–7) in Week 11.

- Erin Flynn