ALAMEDA -- The Raiders confirmed the re-signing of veteran defensive back Charles Woodson on Friday, a move that got overshadowed by a trade for veteran quarterback Matt Schaub.
Woodson, 37, said repeatedly that he wanted to keep playing for the Raiders and help them get back to respectability — Woodson was a key member of the last Raiders teams to make the postseason and play in the Super Bowl — but he wasn't sure he would get his wish.
"The last couple of weeks, I got kind of nervous," Woodson said in a conference call. "I hadn't really talked too much to the Raiders. I know they're busy, of course, making a lot of moves. So, I was getting a little antsy, but I guess in the back of my mind I felt like it would happen."
Woodson spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders. He then played for the Green Bay Packers for seven seasons before he signed with the Raiders in 2013.
His return gives the Raiders the freedom of knowing that they don't have to worry about who's starting at free safety in 2014.
Woodson also said that he likes the moves made by general manager Reggie McKenzie so far this offseason.
In particular, Woodson is a fan of Schaub taking over at quarterback after a season in which the Raiders used Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin. Schaub is fresh from his worst season as a full-time starter in the NFL.
"People look at Schaub and only look at his last year," Woodson said. "They base his career off of his last year. But, I see a guy that has been very steady. He's done some really good things throughout his time. Sometimes you just need a fresh start."