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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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Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

dumb move......



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

SO how about attempting to restructure the contract of one of your best defenders?  Great job raiders!  looking goooood for us chargers fans!


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