According to Adam Caplan of Scout.com the Oakland Raiders will place the highest tender on cornerback Stanford Routt.
Just when you thought there was the remote possibility of a case of sanity breaking out in the Raider organization, Al Davis occurs.
The terms of the tender state that Routt will be valued at a 1st and 3rd round level in addition to receiving a base salary of $3.268-million in 2010. Should anyone else overvalue Routt as much as Davis, the Raiders will receive a first and third round pick in the upcoming draft if Oakland does not to match another team’s offer.
Safe to say that Routt will be wearing Silver and Black again next season.
As of now this is all rumor and the news won’t be official until Thursday’s deadline has come and gone.
Routt has spent the last two seasons as a nickel corner. Since 2007, Stanford has started just 5 games while being passed over for a starting role by Chris Johnson who just inked a four year deal last off-season.
The two most memorable moments of 2009 for Routt are hardly even worth mentioning. During Oakland’s 13-9 victory over the Eagles, Routt picked a Donovan McNabb pass and took it to the house. Too bad he was flagged for a PI on the play, thus negating his first INT in two years. One play that did stand was Routt’s ejection in the first half of the embarrassing loss to the Browns.
To be fair, Stanford did perform well more often than not in ’09. In that same game against Philly, Routt replaced an injured Nnamdi Asomugha and played brilliantly. The problem for Routt has been playing at a high level consistently.
If the decision to give Routt the highest tender does in fact come to fruition then it certainly raises a few questions.
As Jerry McDonald points out:
The Raiders are either dramatically overpaying a size/speed player whose play has never matched his physical attributes, or are planning on moving a starting cornerback. There have been trade rumors regarding Nnamdi Asomugha.
In other words Davis is either going to do something dumb and possibly something ever dumber.
Also, the Raiders have placed an original round tender on guard/center Chris Morris who nearly took the starting job away from Samson Satele last year.