Stanford Routt: Dallas Cowboys Show Interest in the Former Raider

Rob BrownCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches this nine yard pass in front of Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on October 23, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Only one day after being released from the Oakland Raiders, cornerback Stanford Routt is being pursued by multiple teams including the one who calls Arlington, Texas home.

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly already contacted Routt’s agent about his services.

It is no secret that the Cowboys look to upgrade their secondary during the offseason. Many feel that Terence Newman is the odd-man-out when being compared to a younger Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick who received a contract extension just last season.

Routt was released in a cap-saving move, similar to the way the Raiders released DeAngelo Hall in 2008. Routt was scheduled to make $5 million in base salary this season, an amount that the Raiders weren’t willing to pay.

New Raiders general manager, Reggie McKenzie has stated that some of the current contracts on his roster are “kind of out of whack” and Routt’s was obviously one of them. Sounds like this didn’t have much to do with Routt’s performance.

Routt did, however, lead the league with 17 penalties committed and was tied for second-most in the NFL with eight touchdown passes allowed.

Routt is scheduled to visit the Bills tomorrow and has also heard interest from the Vikings and the Chiefs.

He recorded 49 tackles and four interceptions last year. That’s just as many as Sean Lee and Terrence Newman, the Cowboys’ two interception leaders from 2011.

Routt most likely won’t get another $5 million contract regardless of what team he goes to. Even if he does, it’ll be less than Newman’s $6 million that he’s due.