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Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com reports that the deal is worth $7.25 million overall. Woodhead was paid $3 million at the time the contract was signed, and his base salary shakes out like this:
2014 - $750,000
2015 - $1.5 million
2015 - $2 million
In Woodhead, the Chargers are keeping a reliable, tough player who can do the dirty work, so to speak. He's quick, small, and very elusive, although his numbers may not show that. In 2013-14, his first season with the Chargers, Woodhead rushed for 429 yards, scoring two touchdowns. He also caught 76 passes on the year.
His best season came in 2010 with the Patriots, when he rushed for 547 yards on 97 attempts, scoring five touchdowns and averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
Of the former Patriots that are still currently playing in the NFL, Woodhead is one of the players I personally miss having around in New England. You could always rely on him to come up in a big spot and get a critical first down when you needed it. If he had to get 11 yards for a first down, he'd get 15. Or if he had to get two yards, he'd get four.
Part of what makes/made him so fun to watch was that he was so small and could take a beating, much like Wes Welker used to.
He'll probably never be the feature back in anyone's offense, but he's a great complimentary piece on any roster. It's nice to see Woodhead get some security, and this deal seems to be pretty fair in terms of what he's worth.
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