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Routt drawing interest on free agent market

Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:26 pm
According to his agent, a number of teams already have shown interest in Routt.  (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Though the Raiders obviously had no interest in paying cornerback Stanford Routt the remainder of his five-year, $55.4 million contract -- which is why they released him Thursday, a day before they owed him $5 million -- Routt is becoming quite popular around the league.

As ESPN Dallas reports, the Cowboys, Bills and Titans have shown interest in acquiring Routt -- who was one of the Raiders better defenders but who struggled toward the end of last season.

Routt’s agent said the cornerback will visit Buffalo and Tennessee, while the Vikings and Chiefs also have reached out to gauge the possibilities of working with Routt.

While he had the best statistical year of his career in 2011 -- Routt had career highs with four interceptions and 15 passes defended -- the film-watchers at Pro Football Focus weren’t quite as impressed.

PFF points out that Routt’s 17 penalties led the league among cornerbacks (eight defensive holding, seven pass interference, one illegal use of hands and one personal foul) and writes, “Routt graded reasonably well in coverage, and numbers are OK, but offset a LOT of receiving yardage with penalty yardage. Skews data.”

Routt also allowed nine touchdowns, the most in the NFL.

While Routt won’t be the top free agent cornerback on the market, he could draw some interest at a reduced rate. Not the same kind of interest as, say, Kansas City’s Brandon Carr (who was No. 2 on the top-50 free agents list put together by’s Pete Prisco), Atlanta’s Brent Grimes (No. 8), Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan (No. 14), San Francisco’s Carlos Rogers (No. 14), New Orleans’ Tracy Porter (No. 20) or New York’s Aaron Ross (No. 27).

Actually, come to think of it, the free agent market will be stacked with top-flight cornerbacks, and though Routt almost certainly will draw legitimate interest -- maybe more than he already has -- he can almost certainly forget about making more than $10 million a year. Or as PFF writes, “Not saying Routt can't play, but he was being vastly overpaid. Can be a reasonable pickup for a team on a more sensible contract.”

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Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:29 am

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

I'm sure Stanford Routt will be visiting the Cowboys, but he wasn't really the best at the end of the season, which they reported in this aticle. Those penalties would be a amajor concern. I would suspect Brandon Carr and Brent Grimes would have even more interest. So, I would say Routt has a chance of being above average, but won't get the big money, so why the article. Nothing like a snippet article to keep us reading more.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:10 am

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

This why FB isgreat. The SB is not even gone one week and there is non stop talk about the NFL. This is such a great institution

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:54 am

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

My guess is the Raiders believe if you pay a guy gamebreaker money he will always be that. WRONG. 10,000,0000 for a guy I will heard of? That's nuts! Pro football is becoming like baseball. Atleast football can cut the dead weight.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 1:18 am

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

The teams interested in him are all terrible evaluators of talent. If those are the only teams interested in him, then he isn't as good as the author tries to make him sound to be.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:08 pm

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

I don't understand the Raiders. They pay all these DB's good money, errr make that BIG money, and then cut them and get nothing for them. That's insane and a formula for mediocrity. There must be arsenic in the water in Oakland (LMAO) I hope you boys keep drinking it.

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:00 pm

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

he played 6 or 7 yrs in oakland & had 1 one good yr in those times. that was his contract yr before he signed the big 5 yr contract plus he was playin as the #2 corner on the opposite side of asomugha. gettin paid 10 mil a yr was way too much. he deserves to get paid around 4-5 mil a yr.

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:34 pm

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

Please go to Kansas City....

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:17 pm

Routt drawing interest on free agent market

Hmm, Stanford Routt sounds a good fir with the 49ers - the Jim Harbaugh coaching at Stanford connection, but I keep remembering how one 49er defensive back was whining and crying about taking his "talents" elsewhere. In the end he resigned with the 49ers and had the best season of his career. Lol.

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