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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: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:12 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

we are looking at a changing of the gaurd "so to speak".. there are gonna be massive changes for the raiders in the next 2 years and i am loving it.. we will finally lose the disfunction tag and move toward some more respectability..   &
nbsp; maybe even get a few good veterans to sign for not outrageous price tags ..   i too did not like Routt and was a stupid and costly move by mr. davis  ..  could have had the guy from cincy and routt and not signed kevin boss and we woulda been sitting in much better shape and prob cheaper mind you

Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:04 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Routt took way too many penalties! This is a huge concern for Oakland, they cannot continue to shoot themselves in the foot every Sunday! Good move.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:37 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

CowboyJim,  You are correct, Routt was better than many of the posters give him credit for actually being (myself included).  He made poor choices, and was out of position far too many times (sort of the smoking gun in our argument) but was not terrible.  My thing was his pay.  When you look at what other CBs are making, THEN Routt becomes LOL'able.  I applaud the new Raiders regime for making this move and am sure that Routt will latch on elsewhere.  I wish him well and hope the Raiders can get better with this move.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:26 am

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Being a Raiders fan , I'm very happy seeing this move.  His #'s may look good for the season but watching him play i saw him miss coverage too many times. He also had too many flags this year. He wasn't not as good as people think.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:58 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Raider Nation !
Finally, a true sense of hope for all of us. Routt, was awful. The entire Raider secondary was average at best. No one on that defense is worth 5mil per year. Certainly, not a CB that can't cover anyone. Too many guys are overpayed - Seymour should be next. He plays good at times, and quits at other times.  He is certainly not worth a lot of money either. Obviously, we can't cut everyone, but I hope that the ridiculous contracts of Moss,Sapp,Routt, Kelly, are behind us.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:49 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Da Raiders are starting their house cleaning.

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:26 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

It's a start.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:35 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

Routt must be better than all the posts here again't him ? This is about money nothing else. Routt may not be living up to that contract but The Raiders needed to free up money reguardles of how he plays. The Raiders are moving forward and Routt will have to look for a new team and  swallow his pride a bit.Take a contract less money move on to a new team and focas on being  a better player moving foreward. This is a gut check for Routt  

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:07 pm

Raiders release Routt and his huge contract

About time we started getting rid of the dead weight. This turkey led the NFL in penalties last year (17). One stats organization said he was the 89th most-effective CB in the league. We can do better for less money.

Next up on the chopping block: Tommy Kelly and John Henderson.

Michael Huff will be asked to restructure his deal and (possibly) move to CB.

Seymour will be restructured or cut.

McClain will either shape up or get out of town.

The Al Davis Scholarship Plan has officially ended. THANK GOODNESS.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:18 pm



Routt was overpaid for being a maybe average player.  He can't cover top WR's and either can any other Raider.

  It is so disapointing to watch them lose games in the 4th quarter because of their prevent packages and one on one.  Oh I must add, their ridiculous penalities and it makes me sick!

  Reggie M -  get some hungry, young and talented players.  As far as the coach! Show some damn discipline with these outrageous penalties year after year.  There is no way it's going to stop unless they get disciplined by the COACH

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