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Charles Woodson happy tuck rule’s gone, feels “shunned” in free agency

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GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20: Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after he sacks Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 20,2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Charles Woodson played a pivotal role in the play that made the Tuck Role famous and he was happy to see the rule die on Wednesday.

“Hallelujah,” Woodson said during an interview with the NFL Network. “It shouldn’t have taken this long. It’s been 11 years I guess now. It’s about time that they turned it over. It really was just a badly explained rule from the jump, and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense the way the rule was interpreted.So I think the best thing was for them to just throw it out.”

Based on the rest of the interview, the vote to abolish the rule gave Woodson a rare reason to smile. Woodson has had just one visit since becoming a free agent, with the 49ers last week, and said he’s resolved to remain patient in a market that’s been slower than he’d like.

“I thought it would be a little more interest,” Woodson said. “I think, looking back, this is my second time in free agency and I’ve kind of been shunned both times. So I guess this time around, I’m a little more patient with it and just waiting around to see what happens. I don’t take it personal. I understand how the game goes, I’ve seen it for 15 years now, and I’ve seen how it works. Just got to have a little patience.”

With the 49ers signing Craig Dahl, Woodson’s likely right about needing patience. There’s been word of interest from the Texans if Ed Reed winds up elsewhere and other teams may also turn their attention in his direction as free agency continues.