DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Woodson wants DeSean Jackson on Oakland Raiders


The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs aren’t the only teams interested in signing DeSean Jackson, who reportedly has nine suitors, but they look like the favorites at this point in time. Not only are the Raiders interested in Jackson, but the former Philadelphia Eagles star also reached out to the Raiders before yesterday’s release. While they could really use Sammy Watkins’s route-running and ability to move the chains in the intermediate part of the field in addition to his downfield explosion, there’s no guarantee that Watkins will be available with the fifth pick or that he will be a star in the league, even if both outcomes seem likely.

There are many people who would like to see the Raiders get aggressive and add the high-end playmaker to help Matt Schaub out in his first year with the team, and you can count veteran safety Charles Woodson as one of those people.

The Raiders free safety said to ESPN’s 95.7 The Game yesterday, via ESPN NFL Nation’s Paul Gutierrez, “Bring him in, 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.”

“But when you talk about bringing in a guy as talented as he is, and you have that opportunity, I think you take a shot at it. And I think where we are as a team, we need all the playmakers we can have, and adding that guy would definitely help take us to the next level.”

Jackson had over 1,300 yards last season and is a true No. 1 receiver in this league, so he would undoubtedly be a huge addition for a Raiders offense that could really use a playmaker like him in the passing game. Even though Denarius Moore and Rod Streater are both deep threats, Jackson is obviously on a different level and is so good that the Raiders would be unwise to pass up on him if he’s affordable. They have a ton of cap space, but I don’t think Reggie McKenzie will want to splurge on him with Watkins a real possibility in the draft.


Tags: Charles Woodson DeSean Jackson Oakland Raiders

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Thats why we love You Woodson!

  • PK

    Woodson being the leader way to step up! That why he’ll always be my favorite raider.

  • Chris Schroeder

    I would love for the Raiders to get Watkins at number five but from what I’ve been reading in the draft mockups, that seems like a stretch being that there are a couple of teams ahead of us that have projected interest in the star receiver. All these alleged rumors about Jackson might decrease his overall stock value and teams interest despite what’s reported. This would be a perfect opportunity for the Raiders to grab him at a reasonable rate and restructure his deal so that he gets his money and can play for the team that he wants to play for. He knows he would look good in the silver and black and that the Raiders have the best fans on the face of this earth. A player as talented as he is has the opportunity to help bring back a storied franchise to its glory days and look good doing it would be a fool to pass up an opportunity like this.

    • joe VICE

      I agree

    • KloverJane

      Ditto

    • Raider4lyfe77

      I’d take Mike Evans over Watkins, I like the comparisons to Calvin Johnson, not to mention he’s the guy who made johnny manziel worth talking about to me. Amazing catches and size, I’d take Evans all day over watkins, but what do I know, I’m still hoping we draft Jake Matthews, protect the qb and blaze the way for the mcfadden and co. (running game is going to be sick)

      • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

        The overall talent at the WR position and the Raiders need for a CB make me wonder if they should just trade down. The Raiders could go in so many different directions this year that “best player available” could very well be their mindset, and it makes discussing the draft from a Raiders perspective incredibly interesting. I wouldn’t take Evans or Watkins, but I do think it would make sense to trade down and grab a guy with Evans’s size and athleticism. I don’t like the Calvin Johnson comparisons since they don’t do justice to Megatron, but I do think he is a similar player to Vincent Jackson, who is also excellent and somebody Raiders fans are undoubtedly familiar with.

  • Jaime Olguin

    I think Jackson will be ok, growing up in East LA I uderstand Jackson plus Woodson and Tuck, Woodley, Smith
    and amongs other vets on the roster he would be just fine, besides since coming in to the league Desean has
    behaved well I mean nothing serious to this point,

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Lost in all of this has been Jackson’s aggressive anti-bullying campaign and the time when he helped fulfill the dreams of a kid with sickle cell.

    • Chris Schroeder

      Right! Six years in the league and this is all just surfacing now. Sounds like the Eagles are throwing up a smokescreen to try to cover whats really bothering them. Personally, I think Chip Kelly’s the problem with Philadelphia. I remember when Mike Singleterry benched Vernon Davis for the 49ers and he became very unlike in the locker room real quick but he was just trying to prove a point that he was boss with this ego trip and the Niners went nowhere. Chip Kelly did the same thing with Jackson making him work out with second stringers and third stringers just to prove a point that he was just some ordinary receiver that was a dime a dozen. Kelly will learn the hard way come next year that you don’t discard one of your top receivers who helps get you to the playoffs because of your ego trip.