24 Feb 2011
The Raiders re-signed cornerback Stanford Routt today to a three-year, $31.5 million extension, featuring $20 million over the first two seasons. So you can pretty much kiss Nnamdi Asomugha goodbye.
Now, on the surface, this looks like the usual Oakland silliness. That's an absurd amount of money for a guy that nobody considers one of the top cornerbacks in the league. It's similar to the extension Denver just gave Champ Bailey.
However, it is worth noting that Routt actually had phenomenal game charting stats in 2010. I keep meaning to write something about his numbers, because his name jumps off a list of this year's top corners as "Which one does not belong?" Routt allowed 5.5 yards per pass with a 67 percent Success Rate. Both figures are near the top of the league. It was so strange that we went back and looked to make sure charters weren't making a ton of mistakes in Oakland games. They weren't. It did seem like Routt had a smaller-than-usual rate of incompletes marked as "defensed." But it isn't ridiculous. We need to take it at mostly face value. Maybe Routt didn't have a great year, but he clearly had a pretty good one.
That doesn't mean that this contract isn't over the top. But at least Routt may be a better player than we give him credit for.
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