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ALAMEDA – The Raiders broadcast a Charles Woodson tribute video before Sunday’s victory over the Buffalo Bills, and posted an Internet version with a split screen of the video and the veteran free safety’s reaction to it.
Different players congratulated him on some nifty plays from the good ol’ days. Then middle linebacker Miles Burris entered the frame and faced the camera.
“Tell them to save the tribute,” Burris said. “He’s coming back next year.”
That’s been assumed. Woodson said on Nov. 24 that he’d like to play another year if he physically felt up to it. The 38-year old has one game left in his 17th season and is playing at a high level, with 106 tackles, four interceptions and a sack.
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Last month, he said he’d prefer to play next year in Oakland. After Sunday’s victory over the Buffalo Bills, he ever-so-slightly pulled back on those reigns.
Woodson said he’d like secondary coach Joe Woods and assistant secondary coach Marcus Robertson to return as well. Woodson credits Robertson in particular for a late-career renaissance at the safety position.
At this point, it’s uncertain if any assistant coach will be retained. Woodson said he’d prefer to play next season with those two on staff.
“We’ve got to see if the team wants me back,” Woodson said. “I think a part of it will be what happens coaching-wise. Marcus Robertson has been a big help to me this year, man. That’s one of the things that – depending on what happens with that guy, it would be hard to see me playing under another guy. I hope he’s back, because he’s done a tremendous job with myself, with the other guys in that room. Also, Joe Woods has done a tremendous job. Those guys we work with very closely.
“If I were to come back, I would want those guys back as well.”