Last year, many across the league released a collective gasp as the Raiders placed a first and third round tender on restricted free agent Stanford Routt. If that was not shocking enough, Al Davis has one upped himself.
The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback Stanford Routt to a three year contract worth $31.5 million. That is roughly two thirds the size of the contract they gave Nnamdi Asomugha a few years ago.
This just does not make any sense. There is no way that Routt's value is worth two thirds of Nnamdi Asomugha's value. It is even more insane when you consider the fact that other teams were not clamoring for an opportunity to sign Routt.
I know that Davis likes to reward his players, but this is going too far. Routt has played above average at best for the Raiders. He gets called for far too many pass interference penalties and has a severe problem by failing to get his head turned around to look for the ball when it is in the air.
Routt does have incredible speed, but too often, that speed is put to use attempting to catch up to a receiver who lost Routt with a simple juke move.
The other major concern this raises is whether or not this contract is a sign that Davis is so confident with the cornerbacks on the roster that he will not put serious effort into attempting to re-sign Nnamdi Asomugha.
If Stanford Routt is the Raiders' best cornerback in 2011, look for other teams to tee off on our secondary, racking up major yards and TD's.