Just as the Raiders days in Oakland could be numbered, one of their top stars will also leave the area after the 2015 season.
Raiders safety and 18 year veteran of the NFL Charles Woodson has announced that he will be retiring following the conclusion of this season.
End of an era
Woodson has been one of the top defensive backs in the NFL this season with five interceptions and he has been instrumental for the Raiders.
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Woodson has five interceptions this season and has come up with the big plays on multiple occasions this year.
One of the most talented and versatile defensive backs in NFL history will leave the league playing just as good as he did when he entered it 17 years ago.
The three time first team all pro will leave a big hole to fill in Oakland, but then again, so could the Raiders.
With rumours of a relocation to Los Angeles rife, Woodson's career could end when the Raiders time in Oakland does.
Oakland have experienced somewhat of a comeback year in 2015 despite already being eliminated from the play-offs.
The Raiders finished 2014 3-13 but have seen a big improvement this year following a string of interesting acquisitions.
Woodson has been a key part of Oakland's team in 2015 but arguably the true reason for their 6-8 record this year, comes from a heavily improved wide receiver corp.
The Raiders drafted highly rated wide receiver Amari Cooper with the fourth overall pick this year and then brought in Michael Crabtree - formerly of San Francisco, to sure up their receiver options.
With promising young quarterback Derek Carr under centre, the future of the Raiders offense looks bright, but they now have a big hole to fill in their defense.
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