When the late Al Davis was running the Raiders, he had a type.
And Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson thinks free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson is definitely that type.
Via ESPN.com, Woodson told 95.7 The Game that Jackson would have been a perfect fit for the former owner.
“There is no question in my mind that this is the type of player that Al would bring in,” Woodson said. “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 also never shied away from controversial figures, at least when they were good. There’s no doubt they could use a player of Jackson’s talent, and Woodson steered around talk about the reported off-field concerns.
“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.”
Jackon’s a little young for the Raiders to sign this offseason, but their need for a spark is desperate enough they might have a chance.