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Stanford Routt strikes it rich

Oakland Raiders cornerback Routt is held back by referee Steed following a confrontation with players from the Indianapolis Colts in the first half of their NFL football game in Oakland

News sometimes travels slowly at the NFL Scouting Combine, even for head coaches.

I was in a small group of reporters speaking with Raiders coach Hue Jackson after his podium session Thursday afternoon. Asked about reports the Raiders re-signed cornerback Stanford Rout, Jackson wasn’t sure.

“I want to check my phone to find out what we’ve done,”  Jackson said, confirming only they were very close.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora has the details: Routt will get $31 million over three years, with $20 million in the first two years.

At first, this looks like another wacky Raiders contract.  But Routt had an underrated season in 2010, ranking among the league leaders in completion percentage allowed and yards-per-attempt allowed.    He’s a versatile speed demon just entering his prime that has grown better each season.

We’ll never know if Routt could have got this much on the open market.  We have our doubts, but we’re sure there are plenty of teams know Routt’s impressive numbers too.

This move, combined with the Richard Seymour contract, seemingly guarantees Nnamdi Asomguha won’t be back with Oakland.   (And just imagine what Asomugha will get paid.)  Jackson wouldn’t rule  out the Raiders trying to keep Asomugha though.

“One thing I know about coach.  He likes to keep all his players,” Jackson said.

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35 Responses to “Stanford Routt strikes it rich”
  1. jlb10 says: Feb 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    seems to be a bit much

  2. tombradyswig says: Feb 24, 2011 2:59 PM

    ““One thing I know about coach. He likes to keep all his players,” Jackson said.”

    uuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhh……. Hue…. YOU are the coach?!??!?
    Stupid is, stupid does?~!?~?~?~

  3. mybuttsayspft says: Feb 24, 2011 3:02 PM

    Gotta love old Al. What player wouldn’t want to play there, guarenteed to get PAID!!!

  4. carson9 says: Feb 24, 2011 3:02 PM

    No, this is definately another wacky Raiders deal. He wouldn’t command half of that on the open market. Way to go Davis!

  5. raiderpeter408 says: Feb 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    Routt is garbage, he is terrible no matter what the stats say

  6. mataug says: Feb 24, 2011 3:08 PM

    @tombradyswig, maybe Jackson calls Al Davis ‘coach’

  7. raiderfan2412 says: Feb 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    He’s talking about Al Davis. He refers to him as “Coach Davis” because he was a coach before and still knows football

  8. aldavisisthenfl says: Feb 24, 2011 3:17 PM

    @tombradyswig

    ummm, I think even the great Belichick would refer to Al D as “coach”…..

    so did Bill Walsh..

    need I go on?

  9. kcsam76 says: Feb 24, 2011 3:17 PM

    I agree, Routt is underrated. He always seems to take a lot of grief from Raider fans (including myself) on gameday. It is hard to play opposite Asumugha when it means you are seeing upward of 75% of the passes coming your way, so I can understand his struggles from time to time.

    With that being said, I am happy Routt is returning, but making that sort of money seems a little extreme. This is SHUTDOWN PRO BOWL corner money, and I don’t think Routt is quite there yet. Sure, he is improving every year, and I would rather have him on the #1 receiver than Chris Johnson, but just not sure he deserves this sort of raise.

    Let’s just hope he continues to improve along the lines of Asomugha. Hopefully Rod Woodson can turn him into that SHUTDOWN corner we covet (even though we are letting one walk away in Asomugha…).

  10. dafixisin says: Feb 24, 2011 3:18 PM

    Wow… as I’ve said before, as crazy as Undead Al has been and will be, he’s usually ahead of the curve on the whole business curve of the NFL. That said, it looks like ownership won’t be getting anywhere near the $1 billion they’ve been demanding from the players.

  11. beastofeden says: Feb 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    I usually don’t participate in the dogging of the Oakland Raiders but this move is . This guy was burned badly, missed tackles like it was no one’s business, and that game and a half where Nnnamdi was hurt Stanford did not step up.

    Plus when you give a guy the big bucks, he stops playing. Oaklands secondary is going to get shredded by Cassel and Rivers.

  12. ninjapleazee says: Feb 24, 2011 3:24 PM

    2 things Raiders know how to do

    1. not win
    2. overpay mediocre players

  13. lhaveprettyfeet says: Feb 24, 2011 3:35 PM

    “One thing I know about coach. He likes to keep all his players,” Jackson said.

    At least Jackson acknowledges he is just Al Davis’ puppet.

  14. chargerbar says: Feb 24, 2011 3:37 PM

    Thirty-one million dollars to an average cornerback, when Al could be giving that money to Asomugah? Al is certifiable and Herrera is incompetent.

  15. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2011 3:40 PM

    Screw the haters, Raiders will rock this year.

  16. raidermick says: Feb 24, 2011 3:43 PM

    Way to go Al, This guy is on the way up and we will keep Namdi as well, wait and see…The way things are shaping up for the Raiders we will be tough to beat. I can’t really think of a team that can beat us…we easily win 3 out of the next five SB’s

    Don’t we just piss you off?

    Don’t you just hate us?

    We truly are “The team of the decades!!!”

    One of only five teams from the AFC to win the AFC championship this century. We rule our division and we will soon rule the rest of the league…Second in the AFC in Rings!!! Although nice, not good enough for our standards. However, it is still a fact…

    Long Live Al Davis

  17. raidermick says: Feb 24, 2011 3:57 PM

    beastofeden says:
    Feb 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    “Oaklands secondary is going to get shredded by Cassel and Rivers.”

    Hey “beast” it’s pretty hard to shred our secondary when your on your freakin back!!!

    I know you are all scared to death of the Silver and Black. That is why the whole world watches us and our every move and comments on the the TEAM OF THE DECADES!!!

    You think we have attitudes even when we are down. Hell, just think how bad it’s going to be when we are the SB champions next year.

    You know we piss you off …LOL!!!

    But don’t worry, “I get unlimited e-mails so your not costing me anything…”

    Late…

  18. stockpickgame says: Feb 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    A lot of people are really missing the boat on this one because they don’t follow the Raiders. They just like to spew their crap when the Raiders are in the headlines. Did anyone stop to think that Rod Woodson-you know, the new DB coach, might have had some input on this before the deal was struck? I’m pretty sure that Al sought out Woodson’s opinion before backing up the brink’s truck. My guess is that Woodson has a high opinion of Routt, and thinks that he can get even more production out of him.

  19. chargerbar says: Feb 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    Yep, long live Al Davis – that is the wish of all KC, Denver & SD fans.

  20. acdrew22 says: Feb 24, 2011 4:40 PM

    @tombradyswig have u ever played sports… if u have I’m sure u would still call ur coach, well coach of course. I know ur not a raider fan an could care less but al Davis was a coach before an owner… as a fan I hate this move, this money could be going to starters and guys more deserving than routt… like zach miller, Michael bush, Michael huff, really any other FA this year…

  21. p4hbiz says: Feb 24, 2011 4:48 PM

    12-4 IN 2011

  22. granadafan says: Feb 24, 2011 5:13 PM

    ““One thing I know about coach. He likes to keep all his players,” Jackson said.”
    —————————————————————————

    Proof positive that Al is still the real coach of the Raiders.

  23. raidermick says: Feb 24, 2011 5:14 PM

    chargerbar says:
    Feb 24, 2011 4:23 PM

    “Yep, long live Al Davis – that is the wish of all KC, Denver & SD fans”

    —————————————

    Why?, So they can be swept again by the THE TEAM OF DECADES!

    CHOKER!!!!

    Late…

  24. help me says: Feb 24, 2011 5:28 PM

    Oakland has a better chance at 4-12 than 12-4.

    Did someone say that Al asked Woodsons opinion before signing Routt?

    Hahahahaha.

    Al doesn’t ask anyone for advice. That’s why he’s the owner/ GM/ head of scouting/ pseudo-head coach.

  25. realitypolice says: Feb 24, 2011 5:29 PM

    When most teams make a controversial move, at least one fan of that team will post here saying that despite them being a fan, they disagree with the move.

    When the Raiders make a move that is questionable, every single comment from Raider fan boy is completely positive.

    If you only read the comments on this site and read nothing else about football, you would assume that the Raiders were a perennial juggernaut whose owner had never made a single mistake.

    Never blown a draft pick, never made a bad free agent signing, never overpaid a player.

    I’m sure I’ll get lots of angry, indignant responses to this (not one of which will be well thought out or civil), but the fact is that Raider Fan Boy is the biggest cool aid drinking, butt kissing, delusional homer in all of sports.

  26. packerrube13 says: Feb 24, 2011 5:35 PM

    Why are Raider fans so delusional?

    The Packers are the superbowl champs baby!

    Really, we are the only fans allowed to talk right now. Raiders, coming off of a 8-8 season or whatever, and losing their best player, should not be running their mouths. Has Rex Ryan not taught you anything?

  27. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2011 5:45 PM

    tombradyswig says: Feb 24, 2011 2:59 PM

    ““One thing I know about coach. He likes to keep all his players,” Jackson said.”

    uuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhh……. Hue…. YOU are the coach?!??!?
    Stupid is, stupid does?~!?~?~?~
    *********************************************************
    Epic fail, wow.

  28. invaiduh says: Feb 24, 2011 6:22 PM

    He couldn’t cover a book…..

    PLEASE prove me wrong.

  29. theo547 says: Feb 24, 2011 6:32 PM

    Raiders… TEAM OF THE DECADEs… who declared that?!

    More like TEAM LIVING OFF OLD DECADES

    Bad staff, bad players and bad drafts do not equal superbowl… they equal bottom feeder… and youve been eating that soup for the last 10 years atleast.

  30. db105 says: Feb 24, 2011 7:03 PM

    The Raiders and Al Davis mismanage their money like most of America.

  31. radrntn says: Feb 24, 2011 7:29 PM

    good….keeep the team chemistry

  32. showteezybaby says: Feb 24, 2011 7:36 PM

    I don’t like the amount, but we need Routt back. We got to give Rod something to work with. He will challenge McFadden, Ware, Brown, and Mitchell make plays in 2011.

  33. beastofeden says: Feb 24, 2011 8:57 PM

    Dear Raidermick,

    Great job of sweeping your division. But what was more remarkable was your teams uncanny abilty to get manhandled by San Francisco, Tennessee, Houston, Pittsburgh, Miami… (I think you get the point).

    I mean, who DIDN’T stomp out SD, DEN, and KC last season. Unemployment and weak sports teams is all Oakland is good for.

  34. raiderapologist says: Feb 24, 2011 9:33 PM

    packerrube13 says: Feb 24, 2011 5:35 PM

    Really, we are the only fans allowed to talk right now. Raiders, coming off of a 8-8 season or whatever, and losing their best player, should not be running their mouths. Has Rex Ryan not taught you anything?
    \\\
    No. Real fans bark all the time. Woof.

  35. marcsasharc says: Feb 25, 2011 4:53 AM

    realitypolice is 100%right.

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