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NFL notebook: Packers cut ties with Woodson

| Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
Defensive back Charles Woodson, holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating the Packers' 31-25 win over the Steelers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLV, was released Friday with two years left on his contract.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in front of quarterback Joe Webb #14 of the Minnesota Vikings after the Packers stop the Vikings on third down forcing a field goal in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Charles Woodson is on the market.

The Packers released the 36-year-old defensive back Friday with two years left on his contract.

The Packers clear about $10 million in cap space by releasing Woodson. Carl Poston, Woodson's agent, said the veteran wasn't done yet.

“The Packers told Charles they're going in a different direction,” Poston said. “Charles told me he still wants to play — for a Super Bowl contender.”

“We had a good run,” Woodson wrote to ESPNWisconsin.com in a text message.

He's the only player in NFL history with touchdowns off interceptions in six straight seasons, a feat he pulled off each year from 2006 to '11.

Vikings to play 2 seasons in outdoor stadium

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said the team plans to play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and '15 seasons, while the team's new $975 million stadium gets built at the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.

The Vikings had hoped to play only one season at the outdoor stadium, which is about a 10-minute drive from the Metrodome.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had looked into starting construction while the Metrodome still stood, but authority chair Michelle Kelm-Helgen said that proved too difficult.

Plans now call for the Metrodome to be torn down in February 2014 and for the new stadium to be ready to open by July 1, 2016.

Goodell's compensation nearly tripled to $29 million in 2011

Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.

According to the league's most recent tax return, most of Goodell's pay comes in the form of a $22.3 million bonus. His base pay was $3.1 million. The NFL was scheduled to file the return Friday.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a statement calling the NFL the “most successful and best-managed sports league in the world,” and it “is in no small part due to Roger's leadership.” He added that Goodell's “compensation reflects that.”

Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010.

Colts make it official: Freeney, Collie won't be back

The Colts will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie.

Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.

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

Bills re-sign QB Jackson; Fitzpatrick staying

Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has re-signed with the Bills. And returning starter Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain part of the team's future for now.

In announcing Jackson's signing, new coach Doug Marrone ended a month of speculation regarding Fitzpatrick's status. Marrone says he's informed Fitzpatrick and Jackson that he intends to have both compete for the starting job.

Rams waive WR Young

Titus Young's stay with the Rams was brief. The wide receiver has been placed on waivers after only a few days in St. Louis.

Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams picked up Young before they had much time to do any background checks. He said Young was “not the best option” for the Rams.

Cowboys' logo designer dies

The man credited with designing the famed blue star logo of the Cowboys has died.

The Cowboys said Jack Eskridge, a former equipment manager, died Monday at a Valley Falls, Kan., hospital. He was 89.

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