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Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:08 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 6:09 pm
By Josh Katzowitz

The 2011 season was a good one for Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt. Former owner Al Davis reworked his three-year, $31.5 million deal into a five-year, $54.5 million deal*, and then, he had the best statistical season of his career, notching four interceptions and 15 passes defended.

He was no Nnamdi Asomugha, but in Asomugha’s absence, he still was one of the team’s most-important defenders.

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Routt’s 2012 hasn’t gotten off to such a good start, though, as the Raiders announced they’ve released the seven-year veteran.

*It was a deal that guaranteed him $20 million, and at the time, it made him the third-highest paid cornerback in the league.

While the move is surprising, perhaps it shouldn’t have been. As the San Jose Mercury News points out, this is what new general manager Reggie McKenzie said after he took over the job:

“From where we are, we've got some contracts that are kind of out of whack, but in discussions and viewing the cap situation, we should be fine,. We don't have to make wholesale changes.”

It was thought that Routt’s $5 million salary for 2012 was guaranteed, but NFL analyst Adam Caplan reported that the money was only due if Routt was on the roster this Friday. 

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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:52 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

This is shaping into a season of concern. And one that is
very predictable, not only is the GM going to pick his staff now he will shape
the team that surrounds that coaching staff.

I commented on the newly assigned GMs moves before with sarcasm,
and I must say I remain unimpressed. Routt is a product of the Raiders mystique;
Asomugha, Revis, Woodson, Cromartie, Jammer, Bailey ect… (the list goes on) are
all hands on cover guys. In most cases they blatantly hold the wide receivers,
but these veterans receive less “PI” calls than Routt.

I’m not dumping on the Vet’s or over extolling on Routt,
just stating the facts. This decision makes since in only one area and that’s
to free up money to solicit the free agency market. Currently we have no
cornerbacks, those remaining on the roster lacked the mental capacity to learn
the basic tenants of defense, or they are under skilled or no longer have the
tools to perform at this level anymore.

Raider Veteran’s beware, two words are in your immediate
future “termination and restructure” for we are going into a total rebuilding

Additionally, the notion that our quarterback will be “Carson
Palmer” and we will utilize a mobile QB in our propose offense, this does not
resonate well to those of us looking for the ground truth and this proposal is not
the wisest choice.    

I cannot give Reggie McKenzie a pass on these decisions/selections
due to the standards that I’ve always held the Raiders too. Good Moves Reggie,
for the Raider Nation I hope I’m proven wrong….

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:57 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Good job Mckenzie!  His contract was ridiculous in the first place.  Cleaning up shop.  Love it!

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:20 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Routt was Oakland's "best cover corner" (doesn't say much) but he also led the NFL in Pass Interference calls if I remember correctly? It seemed like whenever Oakland could not afford a PI penalty and a corner needed to make a play Routt found a way to screw it up. I am glad Oakland is getting rid of Routt. He by no means is worth the money Al Davis was paying him. This new GM is going to reshape Oakland into a winner again. It may not be next year or the year after but within the next 4 years Oakland will be AFC West Champs and a threat in the playoffs again.

We have the offensive talent and we need a defense and discipline with penalties to win. Getting rid of Routt will definitely help in both of those categories. I like this move and am excited to see what happens next.


Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:31 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Hey maybe my Eagles will sign Routt and this year they will really be the "dream team". And yes that is sarcasm if you were wondering?

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:20 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

@RaiderCal7 Feel your pain in Chicago. I think our "prevent" cover 2 is worse than yours. Cost the bears the game against Broncos.  Lovie Smith needs to realize that the cover 2 is OVER! DONE!

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:46 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Best Move the Raiders have made in awhile. They have NO Cap space right now, and no top draft picks. They NEEDED to cut some big chunks of money. His 5 Mil was due today, so had to be done NOW. They could not have been able to resructure in time to help the Raiders cap situation THIS year.

Reality is, he has no trade vaule with that bloated contract. He is Due 11.5 Mil in 2013, and 2014. He is a pretty good corner, but Not Elite..and he's getting Paid like one.

Leading the NFL in TDs given up and PIs called did not help is case either.

Still would like to have him back though...but for less $$$.

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:17 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

I don't really consider him a top cornerback in the league. Besides the Oakland Raiders, he is more likely to be a nickel corner then a left or right cover guy. Yes, he had his ups and downs but he can be a great cornerback in the right scheme. I see him with a team that lack nickel cornerbacks, such as the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers OR the Arizona Cardinals. 

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:02 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

if you can't cover the top 5 receivers in the league, you shouldn't get top 3 money....Routt had to GO! he got beat all year long.....please see Calvin Johnson's stats against the Raiders.

@paydaman- The sad thing is Calvin Johnson actually put up those numbers against a cover 2 scheme that Chuck Bresnahan had no buisness running with that defensive roster... That crappy "prevent" cover 2 had MLB Rolondo McClain (who is big and slow) and Joe Porter a 3rd string Safety covering the best WR in the league with the game on the line in the clutch....

I am not saying Routt is the bomb by any means, but that wasnt Routts deal.. But there are plenty examples of why he doesnt deserve that much money...... 

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:56 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Romeo, Please find Mr. Routt after this Friday. Chiefs have cap room and we can use him! Oh, and resign Brandon Carr as well please.

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:05 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Routt is mediocre at best.  Gets burned and commits way too many silly mistakes.  he'll not stick around as a starter anywhere, his only talent is the occasional hit and that wasn't enough to justify the money.  Nmandi was a tough loss but he struggled in Philly, time to overhaul the secondary and that will happen without Al's steppin! 

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