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Charles Woodson 'fully expects' Raiders to make playoffs in 2014

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Charles Woodson thinks the Raiders will end their 12-year playoff drought in 2014. (USATSI)
Charles Woodson thinks the Raiders will end their 12-year playoff drought in 2014. (USATSI)

The Oakland Raiders have been busy over the past three weeks. Since free agency began on March 11, the Raiders have added former Pro Bowlers Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith and re-signed Charles Woodson -- and that's just on defense.

On the offensive side of the ball, Oakland has added former Pro Bowlers James Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Donald Penn and quarterback Matt Schaub, who the team traded for. The Raiders have also added two durable offensive linemen in Austin Howard and Kevin Boothe.

So will all of these free agent additions make the Raiders a playoff contender? Woodson says yes.

"No doubt about it. I don't see why not," Woodson told KGMZ-FM in the Bay Area. "I ain't looking four or five years down the road. I fully expect to be in the playoffs this year."

The 37-year-old defensive back also wouldn't mind if the Raiders decided to bring in DeSean Jackson.

"Bring him in, I think he would look good in the silver and black," Woodson said, via ESPN.com. "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."

A report from NFL.com suggests that homework is exactly what the Raiders are doing right now, the team has spent the last week looking into Jackson's background. Even if there is a risk in signing Jackson, Woodson believes Jackson's talent might outweigh the risk.

"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," Woodson said. "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."

Coincidentally, the Raiders will be looking to do in 2014 what Jackson's former team did in 2013: Make the playoffs coming off a 4-12 season. The Eagles finished 4-12 in 2012, but followed that up in 2013 with a 10-6 record and an NFC East division title. The Raiders haven't been to the postseason since 2002.

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