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.
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.