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Raiders release Stanford Routt

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Well, here’s the first big surprising move of the offseason.

Oakland released cornerback Stanford Routt on Thursday, less than a year after the team gave him a “five-year, $54.5 million” contract. (It was originally a three-year, $31.5 million deal, then the team restructured the deal.)

Of course, Al Davis was the one who gave Routt that contract in 2011. G.M. Reggie McKenzie has since arrived and clearly doesn’t see Routt as a cornerback worth more than $10 million-per-season.

It’s a surprising move because it was reported last year that Routt’s $5 million 2012 base salary was guaranteed.  It’s possible it was only guaranteed if Routt was on the roster past a certain date. (Once again, even “guaranteed” money isn’t always guaranteed.)

Routt started last season well and enjoyed a fine 2010 season, but he struggled badly down the stretch. He got picked on often despite having the tag as Oakland’s top cornerback.

As a 28-year-old with a lot of starting experience, Routt figures to attract plenty of free agent interest. For Routt, free agency starts Friday.

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  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 5:39 PM

    Oakland released cornerback Stanford Routt on Thursday, just a year after Al Davis gave him a “five-year, $54.5 million” contract.

    _______________________

    I knew something was wrong when the gave him all that money after losing Asamougha.

  2. yelix says: Feb 9, 2012 5:39 PM

    Doesn’t surprise me. More pass interference penalties than anyone else in the league.

  3. edmazeing1 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:40 PM

    Wow wow wow the best cb (we) hae WoW!!!

  4. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 5:40 PM

    And they say players don’t honor the contract they signed….what is this? Look how easily owners can get out of signing players to big money deals.

  5. fsckedagain says: Feb 9, 2012 5:41 PM

    Thank god…

  6. tooz72 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:42 PM

    about frikkin time!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. djjasonpaul says: Feb 9, 2012 5:43 PM

    SpagNOLA is coming to talk to ya..

  8. phillyphever says: Feb 9, 2012 5:43 PM

    Hmm…..anyone thinking NE might be the first ones in line to get him?

  9. stoogy says: Feb 9, 2012 5:44 PM

    wow as a raiders fan i dont like the sound of this I am hoping that they asked him to restructor before releasing him!! wow… im guessing free up some money for mario williams? i have no idea. I hope he has an answere for filling the void. cause not only now do they need a number 2 cb they need a number 1 as well. Is chris johnson going to stay on the team? chekwa and van dike are going to have to step up there games…..

  10. burnzy32 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:45 PM

    deepin that DB pool, because my Lions could use a vet and draft one, if we ever want to advance next year

  11. chowface86 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:45 PM

    This could easily be the pickup of the year if the Browns act quickly…

  12. mrcosio says: Feb 9, 2012 5:45 PM

    Not gonna miss ya

    Tracey Porter and Brent Grimes in silver & black!

  13. steviemo says: Feb 9, 2012 5:46 PM

    Good job, McKenzie. Time to get rid of all dead wood, including Routt. McKenzie’s specialty is finding undrafted free agent gems, so something tells me he’ll know about every CB in the country by the end of April.

    Meanwhile, NFL free agent corners: Two starting jobs in Oakland for sale.

  14. alpod says: Feb 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    well now we went from having one serviceable CB to zero

  15. suprinelolskins says: Feb 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    Reggie Jackson seems to be purging the organisation of everything Al Davis did.

    Smart decision.

  16. renorocker says: Feb 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    Thank God!!! Let the house cleaning begin!!!

  17. trbowman says: Feb 9, 2012 5:48 PM

    Another mind-boggling decision by McKenzie.

    I doubt he lasts more than a few years.

  18. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 9, 2012 5:48 PM

    FABIAN WASHINGTON 2.0

  19. raiderman81 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    Wow…. should have released rolando mcclain instead.. maye he will get cut also..

    man we have zero experience at cb now.. hope dennis and reggie know what they are doing….

  20. invaiduh says: Feb 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    better late than never.
    bout 2 years too late.

  21. hus10188 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    That’s surprising, but then again its not. He’s not worth $10 milli, but he’s a very good CB.
    GO BIG BLUE!! SB 46 CHAMPS!!!!

  22. sellout3871 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:52 PM

    get him in Cinci

  23. efriedo says: Feb 9, 2012 5:53 PM

    suprinelolskins says: Feb 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    “Reggie Jackson seems to be purging the organisation of everything Al Davis did.”

    ********************************

    Reggie Jackson? Mr. October??? What are you smoking? (FYI it’s Reggie Mckenzie!)

    Tracy Porter to Oakland!!!

  24. touchdownbrother says: Feb 9, 2012 5:53 PM

    Who is Stanford Routt?

  25. justwinbaby29 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:54 PM

    Reggie McKenzie should make EVERY move he feels is needed to get the Raiders going in the right direction. I won’t like it but I’ll live with a 4-12 or 5-11 season next year if it pays off in winning a Super Bowl in the next five years.

    This defense was been HORRIBLE since I’ve been a fan (I’m 30) even in the SB season it was covered up by an elite offense.

    Rolando McClain: You’re next.

    In Reggie, I trust.

  26. august1969 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:54 PM

    New England doesn’t have to pay big money for average CBs….they can get them for league minimum

  27. camjon32 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:55 PM

    alpod says:
    Feb 9, 2012 5:47 PM
    well now we went from having one serviceable CB to zero

    _________________________________

    At least you’ve HAD at least one serviceable CB…

    Signed,

    Lions fan

  28. lemmam says: Feb 9, 2012 5:56 PM

    some clown named bearsrule wrote that “I knew something was wrong when the gave him all that money after losing Asamougha.”
    what are you a frickin’ GM of an NFL team? You knew? Yeah right buddy

  29. tdk24 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:00 PM

    You’re right, he wasn’t worth $10 mill a year. No cornerback is worth that in my opinion. Not even Aso, not even Revis. I hope this means that we can go away from man-to-man coverage finally.

  30. plum13sec says: Feb 9, 2012 6:00 PM

    He was touted as the next successor to nnamdi. haha

  31. uschawk says: Feb 9, 2012 6:01 PM

    “well now we went from having one serviceable CB to zero”

    Yes but the problem was that he’s a serviceable CB that was being paid like an all-pro CB.

  32. fijabbersman345 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:02 PM

    Vikings! Sign this kid!

  33. rayala3 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:03 PM

    Green bay had the worst D in the league. D bac Tramon williams (one of those undrafted gems???) killed Green Bay

  34. e15725 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:05 PM

    Oh no you mean they released Stanford ” pass interference can’t cover can’t tackle over paid ” Routt … Well done , the scholarship program is over in Oakland . Chimda or DVD could play just as poorly for a fraction of the price. Reggie will find the pieces to get this ship back on track

  35. tooz72 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:05 PM

    i’m glad some of you see what a bust McClain has turned into, he couldn’t cover my dead cat to save his life..this defense has been ranked in the high 20s for years, time to clean house..Reggie clearly knows what he’s doing

  36. bosoulja82 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:08 PM

    LOL…These guys(Mckenzie,Allen) are not playing.

    Routt was overpaid and the perfect guy to get the teams attention. I will miss him on Madden 13 next year but that about it

  37. phadedwun says: Feb 9, 2012 6:10 PM

    Was he overpaid? Yes.

    Was he still the best Raiders corner we had? Yes.

    Is our cornerback core even more horrendous now? Yes.

    …I hope this leads to us getting Cortland Finnegan, but I can’t see him wanting to come to the Black Hole.

  38. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Feb 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    This is just the kind of move this Raider fan wanted to see to start the offseason. Like a fan above me said, I will accept a season or three of sub .500 if it means a solid foundation will be built. Get rid of the scholarship players. Get rid of the waste like Mike Mitchell, Hiram Eugene, Chaz Schillens, Rolando Mclain.

    Thank God that it finally looks like the Raiders are entering the modern football era. Things are finally looking up. This is a really exciting time for Raider fans.

  39. wetpaperbag3 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    stoogy says: Feb 9, 2012 5:44 PM

    wow as a raiders fan i dont like the sound of this I am hoping that they asked him to restructor before releasing him!! wow… im guessing free up some money for mario williams? i have no idea. I hope he has an answere for filling the void. cause not only now do they need a number 2 cb they need a number 1 as well. Is chris johnson going to stay on the team? chekwa and van dike are going to have to step up there games…..
    ———————————————

    Stanford Routt was BRITALLY exposed this year as someone who is not an elite man-coverage corner. He has been routinely beaten and became a pass interference penalty machine because of being out of position WAY too many times! And if anyone has been following him closely, he’s been more concerned about his stats than playing like a solid cornerback. Addition by subtraction.

  40. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    Routte was as overrated as it got.He was a pass interference machine

  41. slickster35 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:17 PM

    Yeah, I want a guy from Green Bay rebuilding my defense.

    /sarcasm off.

  42. chipwrecked says: Feb 9, 2012 6:20 PM

    I would suspect that Huff actually is moving to CB. Good move cutting Routt! He is a decent (not great) corner but at his salary he had to go. Plenty of guys in this league at his level for less money.

  43. beauregard says: Feb 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    Don’t worry Raider fans, we’ll just draft a premier corner in one of the first three rounds this year.
    Oh wait………

    Next year we’ll get this exact same story with Carson Palmer,,,,,,,,

  44. toolnutz says: Feb 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    “Was he still the best Raiders corner we had? Yes.”

    The Raiders gave up 31 TD passes last year. 2nd worst in the league. Being the best in the 2nd worst secondary and being paid $10 million for it is not going to cut it with the new regime.

  45. stevincinci says: Feb 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    Carson Palmer should be the next one released. Unless you want a 20 plus interception qb on your team. He was Hue’s man, not Mckenzies.

  46. ronlm says: Feb 9, 2012 6:22 PM

    Al Davis MANDATED that his defense run a man system… in that system, you MUST have at least one shut down corner who can play on an island. For whatever reason, Al decided to go with Routt over Asomugha. Aso actually could play that position on an island… Routt had very VERY bad ball skills. His coverage was actually decent… his problem was/is that he can’t locate the ball, so QB’s felt pretty good about testing him… and because of his pathetic ability to locate the ball in the air and sense when the ball was coming, Routt made far too much contact drawing that insane amount of penalties.

    I have a feeling the Raiders are going to run a 3/4 base defense in 2012. Jonnie Holland, whom the Raiders just signed to coach their LBers, was the LBer coach for the Texans last season. The Texnas run a 3/4. Switching will help RoLando McLain immensely as he excelled at Alabama in the 3/4. He’s not a LBer who plays in space well… he needs a small area behind a NT. If they switch, I expect Ro to play much better.

    Now… what to do about CB and NT… Porter from Nawlins might be a good option. That NT from the Dolphins might also be a good consideration.

  47. foobarfoofoo says: Feb 9, 2012 6:22 PM

    @bearsrulepackdrool said:
    “And they say players don’t honor the contract they signed….what is this? Look how easily owners can get out of signing players to big money deals.”
    ————————

    The issue you and the players who are agitating about this miss is: The issue that teams can get out of contracts and players cannot is already priced in current contracts. If all contracts would be fully guaranteed, teams would give players much lower contracts. Hence, it is a non issue and downright silly for players to complain about this.

  48. crippled4life says: Feb 9, 2012 6:22 PM

    He gave me gas!

  49. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Feb 9, 2012 6:24 PM

    djjasonpaul says:
    Feb 9, 2012 5:43 PM
    SpagNOLA is coming to talk to ya..

    Nah, the Saints are good at CB. Even if Porter walks, I’m definitely satisfied with Greer, Robinson, and Johnny Patrick. Routt isn’t an upgrade over any of them.

  50. blacknole08 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:25 PM

    Redskins will overpay for him

  51. autumnwind999 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:25 PM

    Routt wasn’t worth $10 mil per year, but still one of the better CBs in the league. I hope Chubby Checker knows what he’s doing.

  52. raiderredleg says: Feb 9, 2012 6:28 PM

    Great move if the guarenteed money wasn’t really “guarenteed” and he had to be released before Friday.

    Otherwise another bad CB transaction.

    Granted he regressed in 2011, but the defense already has few real playmakers and now needs TWO starting CBs?

    I am all for sending messages to Al’s scholarship players, but why hire a young, bright defensive minded coach if you aren’t going to at least give him a off-season/training camp to turn Routt around?

    Anyone would have look like crap playing Chuck B’s defensive schemes that he trotted out in 2011.

    Having Rolando McClain cover Calvin Johnson deep was my personal favorite defensive call of 2011 for the Raiders.

  53. godcanfirealdavis says: Feb 9, 2012 6:28 PM

    Clean House!!!! Overpaid average DB….

  54. ctiggs says: Feb 9, 2012 6:29 PM

    If Routt could figure out which Route the receivers ran, than Routt would not have gotten Rerouted out of town!

  55. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:34 PM

    He is not worth all the money the Raiders gave him but I would take him as a second/third corner to Champ. Come on over to Denver.

  56. schmitty2 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:35 PM

    Perhaps a draft day move up for Morris Claiborne would have been possible had the Raiders not gave away the house for Palmer

  57. chipwrecked says: Feb 9, 2012 6:37 PM

    Dennis Allen’s saw Routt twice last year. I would suspect he knows exactly what type of player Routt is and was fine with it. He stressed discipline at his press conference and leading the league in penalties as a CB isn’t going to cut it in his system

  58. Chargers have no rings says: Feb 9, 2012 6:38 PM

    chipwrecked says:
    Feb 9, 2012 6:20 PM
    I would suspect that Huff actually is moving to CB. Good move cutting Routt! He is a decent (not great) corner but at his salary he had to go. Plenty of guys in this league at his level for less money.

    ***************

    Huff is next… $9.8M cap number and a $4M roster bonus heading into 2012

  59. bizzyb559 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:42 PM

    It’s way to early to panic people. Routt should have been gone a long time ago. He was making way too much money for the performance.

    Obviously, he agreed to the contract so any argument there is moot. Time will tell what happens and it’s anyone’s guess how the new staff will do next season, but I like what I see so far. I don’t think any of the CB’s on the roster deserve to stay IMHO. Peace……Go Raiders….

  60. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Feb 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 6:25 PM
    Routt wasn’t worth $10 mil per year, but still one of the better CBs in the league. I hope Chubby Checker knows what he’s doing.

    ___________________________________

    This is sarcasm right?

  61. r8dr4life says: Feb 9, 2012 6:56 PM

    Can’t believe all of you that complain about this move, you obviously never saw him play this year!…The man couldn’t cover his mother, unless of course he knocked her over before the ball got there!!!…Best move they’ve made, and hope an AFC west team picks him up!!!…

  62. rastaraider says: Feb 9, 2012 6:56 PM

    And like Ron Wolf said : Mckenzie knows who can and can not play: I like this move
    We need 2 top flight corners now
    Proter for sure but who’s gonna be the #1 now? Draft?

  63. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 9, 2012 6:58 PM

    Wow they way overpaid last him year, but he is still the best CB on the roster. I love how all the Raider fans are on here clowning the guy, most of you guys were telling me on here that he was better than Champ and how he is up and coming young Pro Bowl potential, so much for that. He would make a good back up to Champ now.

  64. raidermick says: Feb 9, 2012 7:07 PM

    New Team Man… New Team,

  65. hawkforlife says: Feb 9, 2012 7:08 PM

    Maybe someone said this above but with vitually no draft picks how do you replace him ????

  66. hawkforlife says: Feb 9, 2012 7:10 PM

    That’s virtually no draft picks.

  67. raiderrob21 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:11 PM

    Long overdue. We have some young corners that need to step up, Checkwa Its your time! Chris Johnson may be the next one shown the door if he doesnt restructure his 3.5 mill. Way to go Reggie! Keep up the house cleaning!
    RAIDER NATION!

  68. despinosa8 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    Thank goodness NFL contracts are not guaranteed. More leagues should follow suit with the NFL and not have guarantees in contracts because you never know what can happen to a player after they sign a mega deal. Contacts of pro athletes should be based on a commission scale like a sales man because at the end of the day they are selling a product. If they get hurt in the line of work the NFL should have to pick up disability insurance. If they get hurt doing something dumb they should get fired without compensation. Good job Reggie

  69. huejackson says: Feb 9, 2012 7:13 PM

    Heard about this in the morning from Raider News Flash mailing List… Here are the rest of the players that are NOT safe
    Mcfadden. If Raiders can get a 1st for him he is a goner
    Van Dyke, He has a bad attitude
    Chris Johnson
    Chaz Schillins
    Louis Murphy
    Kelly
    Seymoure
    Groves
    Wimbley
    90% of defense is likly out the door

  70. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 9, 2012 7:23 PM

    I thought Al Davis was dead…

  71. sf69ers says: Feb 9, 2012 7:26 PM

    It’s ok, we all know the contract was the low ball offer to Nmandi, but some dumb intern sent it to Stanford’s agent. The Raiders though they had brought back Nmandi back at a great price, as Routt signed instantly. Good luck Raiders, with no early draft picks, they need to have a good plan in FA this offseason.

  72. siaaa says: Feb 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    suprinelolskins says: Feb 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    “Reggie Jackson seems to be purging the organisation of everything Al Davis did.”

    ********************************

    Reggie Jackson? Mr. October??? What are you smoking? (FYI it’s Reggie Mckenzie!)

    Tracy Porter to Oakland!!!
    _________________________________

    Reggie Jackson up against Goose Gossage in the bottom of 9th with 2 out in a tie game with a runner on 2nd at the big A. now that was when baseball was great. he was up there for 5 minutes fouling off 100 mph fast balls before crushing one to right field ..

  73. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    Stanford “The Penalty Magnet” Routt……Peace Out!

  74. aldavis4president says: Feb 9, 2012 7:29 PM

    U guyz are nuts!! Routt isn’t nnamdi by no means but the guy can play!! Screw Wat al Davis paid him!! Al Davis always PAYYSS HIS players…he started off looking great but we lost our pass rush (shaug and Scott) gave QBS to much time to throw..chuck B is an idiot dat had a play in all those P.I’S and playin 2 STRONG SAFTIES for Da majority of Da year definitely had a lot to do wit dat …I dnt like it smh

  75. judsonjr says: Feb 9, 2012 7:31 PM

    It sounds like the Packer way, they cleaned house when Thompson and McCarthy came in. In part though, it was due to cap problems.

    However, some of the unpopular moves were:

    Cutting Darren Sharper and Mike Wahle. Not re-signing ProBowl guard Marco Rivera. Not negotiating with Javon Walker who was under his rookie contract

    Sharper was good, but replaced with Nick Collins that year.

    Wahle was also still good and went to a ProBowl with Carolina. However, Carolina overpaid so they cut him a couple years later.

    Rivera got hurt and was out of the league in 2 years.

    Javon Walker blew out his knee one game into the McCarthy era. The Packers traded him for a 2nd rounder the next offseason, and that pick through some trades became Darryn College.

  76. raiderrich says: Feb 9, 2012 7:35 PM

    I don’t think he is worth $10m a year, but releasing a player that has a portion guaranteed may or may not be a good idea. If they are still going to get a $10m cap hit in 2012, it may be worth keeping the player another year until that guaranteed money has been paid. All of you recomending cutting underachieving players may sound great, but if your going to have all this dead-money hitting your cap, you are now essentially eating up cap space with no players to fill a need. So if the choice is an average corner being signed for $2m and you have a $10m cap hit from cutting Rhoutt = $12m or keep Rhoutt and have a $10m hit for one more year, I keep Rhoutt. My guess is Reggie knows what he is doing more than all of us knuckleheads, but some of his moves have me concerned. ie Knapp. Also, for all of you knocking Carson Palmer, remember when he joined the team and 6 of his interceptions came within 10 days of being signed. He also threw some beautiful passes that I haven’t seen a raider qb complete in many years. I think he will prove his worth next season and hopefully he won’t have the feeling that he has to do it every drive because they will have a better D.

  77. villa41 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    Good. Let the rebuilding of the defense begin. I said it before, and I’ll said it again. Oakland would have been a play-off team if the defense had been even mediocre. As for Routt, he should have been cut after his San Diego post game comments on TV. I saw and heard the man say that he didn’t think the defense was a problem, and that it was a pretty good defense. Sorry Stan, it’s not a pretty good defense when you’re at the bottom of the league in just about every statistical category, you consistently can’t get off the fied, and 99 yard drives are no problem for the opposition. Good riddance. We can do just as good or better for a lot less money.

  78. lilcuzzy says: Feb 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    Amazing move, freed up alot of money, got rid of one of the penalty bugs , and got rid of some of the”losing” cancer … Id like to see Reggie continue to completely clean house, and bring in effective lower-teir and a couple higher-teir free agents and get ready for the playoffs this year.. I am totally seeing Reggie&DA’s vision come to fruition here..Johnson, Henderson, Huff, Seymour, Bush or McFadden… ” Could ” be next … no job is safe, time to build a real program now like the patriots have, like the giants have … its not about winning for a season or 2 , its about sustained winning over a decade or more

  79. pettergriffen says: Feb 9, 2012 7:39 PM

    hawkforlife says:
    Feb 9, 2012 7:08 PM
    Maybe someone said this above but with vitually no draft picks how do you replace him ????

    0 0
    hawkforlife says:
    Feb 9, 2012 7:10 PM
    That’s virtually no draft picks.

    0 0

    ============================

    uh…. hey genius ever heard of FREE AGENCY??

    GUT this place reggie. let the fake terd fans whine… RAIDER NATION thanks you!

  80. joetoronto says: Feb 9, 2012 7:40 PM

    doitbigreggiemckenzie says:
    Feb 9, 2012 6:50 PM
    autumnwind999 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 6:25 PM
    Routt wasn’t worth $10 mil per year, but still one of the better CBs in the league. I hope Chubby Checker knows what he’s doing.

    ___________________________________

    This is sarcasm right?
    **************************************************
    Nope, he’s serious. He’s a Hue Jackson fan, disguised as a Raider fan.

    There’s a few of them here.

  81. 1bigtex says: Feb 9, 2012 7:45 PM

    So I’m guessing that all those Raiders’ fans who were praising Routt last year when he was given that ridiculous contract and explaining how Al was the resident DB genius in the NFL are now enjoying an extra helping of crow at dinner tonight.

  82. raidrz27 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:55 PM

    “Wow they way overpaid last him year, but he is still the best CB on the roster.”

    My response to this is just because you think he was the best CB on the roster, that doesn’t make him good.

    17 penalties on him this year alone.
    Burned for 9 TD’s.

    Asking about “HIS” stats after a game loss? This is not a team player, that is a “ME” player.

    I say good riddance.

  83. Matt says: Feb 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    Consider me still cynical, a month after we fired Hue, that the Raiders will improve. We can’t fix the defense without players.

  84. jkffootballguy says: Feb 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    Welcome to Minnesota Mr. Routt. We’d love to pair you with Cortland Finnegan.

    My mother always told me it was ok to dream.

  85. svtice says: Feb 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    And to think some fans said he was the better cornerback of the two between him and Nnamdi last offseason!

  86. donhufnagel says: Feb 9, 2012 8:29 PM

    This is simple people, the raiders are not going to overpay anymore for players. With the new leadership, people will actually want to play for the raiders and come to oakland. Translation, the raiders will not have to overpay to get them. Routt has potential, but he is a headcase who created too many penalties and he is overpaid. I trust McKenzie can get free agents for less than what Routt was making and free up cap space.

  87. platinumraider32 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:34 PM

    For those pining over Routt, here’s the skinny on this cat: He’s a 7 year vet that was given a boat load of money too where you got minimal return on your investment. Even Chris Johnson was able to take the starting position from him the year before Aso left. He has terrible ball skills, has alot of trouble playing with his back to the quarterback and has poor instincts when the ball is in flight. He’s not a very good tackler and for his price tag, he needs to do the aforementioned much better than he did.

    He’s had plenty of time to develop his craft and played behind one of the best corners in the league (Aso). At this stage of his career he’s not going to get much better. This is when he should be hitting his stride, instead he was repeatedly targeted by opposing offenses because his weaknesses are so glaring. Majority of his INT’s came because he was “facing” the qb, not with his back turned. And the most telling observation: The most productive player in the secondary has no where near the athletic ability, but know’s how to play the ball(Matty G.) And didn’t cost nearly as much.

    I have a feeling that McKenzie and Allen are getting their point across before they even meet with players. And for those saying he’s the best corner on the team, have you actually seen our secondary? Good Ole Hue tore our secondary a new one in the post presser after the Diego meltdown, and he didn’t mix words. He specifically pointed a finger at the secondary, “can cover, can’t tackle”, etc..etc.

    Stay tuned Nation, more “fat” will be trimmed from this bloated roster. You have too much young talent on this team that’s really not costing…..yet!! Also, the way NFL contracts work, these guys have to meet certain dates for the money to come into play and I’m sure this freed up the necessary funds to actively resign Bush. Bush or Routt??? Bush or Routt?? If you can’t figure this one out, I feel for you.

  88. radrntn says: Feb 9, 2012 8:45 PM

    well when reggie said he wanted his own guys, he wan’t kidding was he.

  89. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 9, 2012 8:55 PM

    Thank you, coach Allen.

    Signed, Raider fan.

  90. onderin says: Feb 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    I like this move. It makes the Raiders corner position weaker, but I think by seasons end it will be an addition by subtraction.

    What I don’t agree with, which a lot of people commenting here are saying, is the need to boot Rolondo McClain right now. I completely agree that he has been a disappointment, but I don’t think you give up quite yet on a player that’s just going into his third year.

    It’s a new regime, and maybe they can find a way to utilize him in a scheme that works. I mean he WAS working in a Chuck Bresnahan defense.

    As far as his off the field problems. Let those resolve themselves and see where he’s at afterward. This kid has the talent. There’s a role for him on the Raiders where he can be productive. I think this will be his final year with the Raiders to prove it.

  91. toolnutz says: Feb 9, 2012 9:00 PM

    Bills and Titans are interested. He’s flying to Buffalo on Sunday.

  92. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    For those who think Routt is good, I’m guessing you don’t watch many Raider games.
    For the most part, if Routt wasn’t giving up receptions, he was drawing a PI or holding flag. With a few illegal contacts thrown in periodically.
    I thought it was insane to give a scrub like him such a contract. Apparently someone in the new regime agrees…

  93. kegpack says: Feb 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    No ball skills -just sticks his arms and hands up without turning his head around EVERY TIME. Former track & field standout at Houston University. Raw prospect when the Raiders took him in the 2nd round. Limited development in his time in Oakland. Flagged constantly for PI – usually for not turning his head around and playing the ball. Definitely not worth the money. Al was probably hopeful that Stanford would step it up after Nam left… Not so much.

    Reggie studied the tape and made the right call.

  94. iminra6 says: Feb 9, 2012 9:15 PM

    come to kansas city man

  95. radrntn says: Feb 9, 2012 9:28 PM

    anybody want to make a wager that next year Routt will be one of the least penalized DB’s in the league next year. The media will say how much he improved, while everbody in the entire nation will know the truth of the matter.

  96. dannymac17 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:10 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 9, 2012 7:40 PM

    Nope, he’s serious. He’s a Hue Jackson fan, disguised as a Raider fan.

    There’s a few of them here.
    ——————-

    Speaking of disguises. Which one were you wearing during that 28 days after the Raiders lost to the Chargers effectively ending their season?

    I wasnt sure, so i wanted to ask you first.

  97. rcali says: Feb 9, 2012 10:12 PM

    So are we done arguing that Crazy Al was not the one running this team into the ground? Thx.

  98. majbobby says: Feb 9, 2012 10:26 PM

    Sign him Monday Buffalo. Instant upgrade. Male it happen.

  99. spinmovr says: Feb 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Once again, ronlm, I’m in agreement with you and a lot of other comments on here. Routt was our best CB; all of his P.I.s were in the 4th quarter; he was overpaid and yes our secondary is a mess right now. Good thing it’s Feb and the next game isn’t until Sept.

    When I add up what McKenzie saw in his secondary at GB; and how Dennis Allen ran Denver and NO’s secondaries; and the fact that OAK is not going to be the ATM for free agents anymore, I think we’ll be okay by the time training camp comes around. The only thing I’d like to know is how much zone DEN played last year. When we played them, it’s hard to tell what D an opponent is in because our WRs run routes like they’re blindfolded second-graders.

  100. r8dr4life says: Feb 10, 2012 12:27 AM

    Now we know for sure Al is dead, Routt is gone!!!

  101. hawkforlife says: Feb 10, 2012 11:49 AM

    @ pettergriffen,

    Yes, I’ve heard of free agency. So what you’re saying is the Raiders can overpay for one of the top tier free agents, there’s really only 2 on the market IMO, in a bidding war or sign the likes of Kelly Jennings or Pacman Jones. What a great upgrade that would be.

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