Woody set to announce retirement

Former Jets RT Damien Woody will make it official Friday, announcing his retirement from the NFL, a source confirmed. Woody will hold a news conference at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Woody had been mulling retirement since the end of last season, and his plans crystallized last week when the Jets re-signed Wayne Hunter to play right tackle. That ended weeks of speculation about a possible return by Woody, who was released in February.

Woody, who turns 34 in November, played 12 seasons for three different teams -- the Patriots, Lions and Jets. He signed with the Jets in 2008 and started for three years, finally succumbing to knee and Achilles' injuries late last season. He blew out his Achilles' tendon late in the Jets' playoff win over the Colts.

He won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.

Woody's retirement announcement was first reported by Newsday.