According to a report, free agent linebacker Rob Jackson will meet this week with the Oakland Raiders, who are continuing to try and add pieces to their defense.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported via Twitter:
OLB Rob Jackson will visit the Raiders this week. #Redskins
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 16, 2014
Jackson started 14 games in 2012 for the Washington Redskins in place of injured Brian Orakpo and had a career-high 4.5 sacks and four interceptions, while also defensing six passes and forcing two fumbles.
Last season, Jackson played in 12 games, starting one, and had two sacks and one pick along with 19 tackles while playing behind Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.
A former defensive end who was shifted to outside linebacker, Jackson would likely take on a role as an edge rusher if he were to join the Raiders.
The 28-year-old was drafted in the seventh round by the Redskins in 2008 and played in only 10 games in his first three seasons before emerging as a part of Washington’s front-seven rotation in 2011.
The only four games Jackson missed in the last three seasons were due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy to start last season.
The Raiders have already added defensive ends Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, linebacker LaMarr Woodley and cornerback Tarell Brown to the defensive side of the ball and retained free agent safety Usama Young.