Could DeSean Jackson end up with Raiders?

Could DeSean Jackson end up with Raiders?
March 29, 2014, 1:30 pm
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As long as he’s a good player that we think is really going to elevate our team.
Reggie McKenzie

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Raiders fans are making their feelings known on social media, and the message is clear: Sign DeSean Jackson. Pretty please.

#DJaxToOakland is their rallying cry, expressed often enough to get the hashtag trending nationally on Twitter.

The Raiders could make that hope a reality. The Raiders were one of several teams to express interest in the big-play receiver after he became a free agent. The Raiders have long considered signing Jackson if he were released Philadelphia. That happened Friday morning.

[RELATED: Eagles release Jackson]

Jackson will be in high demand on the open market, despite allegations that he is difficult to deal with and can be a malcontent in the locker room when things don’t go right. He’ll also demand a top salary, something the cap-rich Raiders can afford.

According to NFL Network, the Raiders won’t make decisions in haste. They’ve researched Jackson’s career and his alleged ties to Southern California gangs.

Jackson is expected to choose the best fit for his skill set – that includes quarterback and offensive scheme -- the Raiders may prove an attractive destination for Jackson, a Long Beach native who played college football at California-Berkeley.

The Raiders have been publicly quiet about Jackson, but general manager Reggie McKenzie said Monday that the team could handle character concerns for lofty production.

[RELATED: DeSean Jackson walks with gangsters]

“As long as he’s a good player that we think is really going to elevate our team,” McKenzie said. “Big money? A name? Those things aren’t an issue. It’s all about what he can bring to the table. Production is going to be a lot of it, but there are other characteristics that fall into that too.

“That’s what you have to sit down and figure that out. Reputation is what you’ve done in the past.”