Dec 27, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson at press conference at Oakland Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson: Oakland Raiders A Playoff Team; Al Davis Would Have Loved DeSean Jackson

Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson told a Bay Area radio station on Sunday there is no reason why the team can’t end its playoff drought in 2014.

“No doubt about it,” Woodson told 95.7 The Game. (h/t “I don’t see why not. I ain’t looking four or five years down the road. I fully expect to be in the playoffs this year.”

The Raiders have been one of the busiest teams in free agency this month, bringing in offensive linemen Austin Howard, Kevin Boothe and Donald Penn; defensive ends Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley and Antonio Smith; cornerback Tarell Brown; wide receiver James Jones; and running back Maurice Jones-Drew. They also traded for quarterback Matt Schaub and re-signed Woodson, running back Darren McFadden, defensive tackle Pat Sims and safety Usama Young.

They did suffer some losses in free agency, too. Left tackle Jared Veldheer bolted for Arizona, defensive end Lamarr Houston signed with the Bears, running back Rashad Jennings left for the Giants, defensive tackle Vance Walker signed with Kansas City and three cornerbacks have left. Phillip Adams returned to Seattle, Tracy Porter signed with the Redskins and Mike Jenkins went to the Buccaneers.

As far as whether or not the Raiders should pursue DeSean Jackson, the Pro Bowl wide receiver released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, Woodson said bring him on.

“I think he would look good in the silver and black,” Woodson said. “Of course I know the business side of it, but I’ve watched this guy and what he is, is a dynamic football player. What they’re talking [about] as far as off-the-field stuff, I have no clue about. The team would have to do their homework as far as that’s concerned.”

Albert Breer of NFL Media reported the Raiders are doing just that:


But Woodson says late owner Al Davis never shied away from taking a risk and that Jackson would be a player Davis would have loved.

“There is no question in my mind that this is the type of player that Al would bring in,” Woodson said (h/t Pro Football Talk) “You hear about the off-field stuff but I don’t think Al would concern himself with that too much. I think Al would do his homework. But I think he would take a serious hard look and if there was an opportunity I think he would bring that guy in.

“DeSean can stretch the field and we know how much Al loved having guys that can stretch the field. So I don’t think there is any question he would bring him in.”

The Raiders are coming off a 4-12 season and are seeking to return to the playoffs for the first time since reaching the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.

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  • Chris Schroeder

    Oh we know…. When Charles Woodson speaks, Raider Nation listens. #Respect!!!

  • CRUZdaddy

    One Nation .. One very proud nation! #DJax2Oakland

  • PK

    It’s good to hear that Woodson is stepping up as one of the vocal leaders on the team this organization hasn’t had that in a long time. Which has been part of the problem during the playoff drought. No leadership.

  • KloverJane

    If that doesn’t get him on a flight here after the Foreskins, nothing will. Except millions. Lol

    • Chris Schroeder

      I don’t think anybody seriously wants to go to Washington. If he does end up there it’s only because he wants to piss off the Eagles and get his revenge twice a year. But he would be a fool if he didn’t sign with Oakland. He’ll never get this kind of love anywhere else in the NFL I don’t care what teams are out there. Nobody is as loud and proud as we are. If he’s aware of the Twitter #DJaxtoOakland being at the top of the Twitter charts yesterday, and that awesome video. How could he possibly resist signing with us. This is entirely in the hands of Reggie McKenzie. He’s got a plan and I just hope he can somehow fit Jackson into it. “Foreskins” lol! RG3NOUT hobbling around yelling Desean can you slow down I can’t throw it that far at the moment. Whats that boy thinking, he needs to get himself to Oakland and stop messing around with that invisible team back east.

      • KloverJane

        Lol you’re right. Maybe it’s some PR stunt. He knows he’s getting paid somewhere, just wants a little more limelight. We need him to proceed with our 180° team revamp. I think we might actually right the ship this time. Because of signing him and a lights out draft. Raider up!