Monday evening with Al

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DANA POINT, Calif. -- One of the great treats in the NFL is to spend some time with Raiders' owner Al Davis.

But it can be rare. The best time to catch up with Davis is at the annual NFL owners' meeting. Like Davis said Monday: "I love talking football."

Davis was in a jovial mood Monday. For all of the negative things said about Davis, he has always been pleasant and humorous when I've been around him.

Of course, a primary subject Monday was Davis' passion: Raiders greats of yesteryear.

He talked about how he thought Willie Brown was the greatest cornerback ever to play and noted how amazing it was that the highest contract Brown ever received during his playing days, that spanned 1963-78, was about $100,000 a year. In contrast, Davis just re-signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a $45.3 million, three-year deal making him the richest cornerback in NFL history.

Davis also said he believes former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett and punter Ray Guy deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

As far today's NFL world, Davis smiled and said he was going to stay away when asked about the Jay Cutler mess in Denver.