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Former Michigan legend Charles Woodson remains unemployed in the NFL

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Charles Woodson, Michigan's 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, is unemployed and says his age has everything to do with it.

Charles Woodson has played 15 years in the NFL and wishes to continue to do so with a new team.
Charles Woodson has played 15 years in the NFL and wishes to continue to do so with a new team.
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Former Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson is unemployed.

The 1997 Heisman Trophy winner says his age is the reason NFL teams have not signed him to a contract.

"I’m 36, so of course I’m considered ancient in the game right now, and teams are looking for younger players and trying to make their rosters younger," Woodson said this week. "If you’re an older guy, they kind of push you to the side, and they’ll maybe look at you much later on down the road, when I guess they figure they can get you much cheaper."

Woodson was released by the Green Bay Packers on Feb. 15. So far he has only visited with the San Francisco 49ers, but no contract was extended to him.

He battled injury in 2012 and missed six games after breaking his collarbone against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 21.

The 15-year-verteran Woodson should be signed by training camp this summer. NFL teams will likely net his services for the veteran minimum, which is $940,000 for the 2013 season.