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New coach Turner hopes to keep cornerback

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders designated cornerback
Charles Woodson their exclusive franchise player Saturday, giving
the team sole negotiating rights with the four-time Pro Bowl
selection.

"Placing this designation on Charles allows that he will remain
with the Raiders next year," new coach Norv Turner said.
"Hopefully we can enter into a long-term deal in the future which
will allow Charles to be a Raider for many years to come."

By placing the franchise tag on Woodson, the Raiders will tender
a minimum of the average salary for the top five cornerbacks in the
NFL or 120 percent of his previous season's salary, whichever is
greater.

Woodson, selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 1998
NFL draft, said after last season he would not play for former
coach Bill Callahan, who was eventually fired by owner Al Davis
after the team's 4-12 season. Woodson was Callahan's most outspoken
critic.

If the Raiders had deemed Woodson non-exclusive franchise
player, he could negotiate with other clubs.