Stanford Routt Gets Paid, Nnamdi Asomugha Gets Played

When Al Davis said Nnamdi Asomugha’s $16-million salary in 2011 could pay for two players he was referring to Stanford Routt and Kamerion Wimbley. This much has been made clear as the dust settles on a hectic day of money matters.

Earlier in the day word spread of the Raiders coming to terms on a new deal for Routt. We now know what the terms of that contract are.

Routt just got paid.

One year as a full-time starter was good enough for Stanford to ink a three-year deal worth up to $31-million, $20-million of which is guaranteed for the first two years of the contract.

Up next was Kamerion Wimbley who cashes in via the franchise tag. To be fair, the Raiders did try and exercise a $3.5-million buy-back clause but when that was nixed by the league the $10-million tag became the next best option.

Now this is not meant to hate on either Wimbley or Routt. Both men have earned whatever cash is coming their way. Routt is showing symptoms of a shutdown corner while Wimbley was key in creating one of the most feared pass rushes in all of football. Losing either would have been a major setback.

But I can’t help but feel as if Asomugha is being made a scapegoat for signing a contract no sane man would have passed on. While the Raiders played no role in voiding his contract – this was in the language of the deal if certain incentives weren’t met – the team has certainly moved forward as if there are no intentions to attempt to bring him back.

From a negotiating standpoint, the Raiders would be better suited to allow the market to dictate what kind of money Asomugha is owed. Problem is with Champ Bailey inking a $43-million deal and now the Raiders themselves committing $31-million to Routt, it looks all but certain Nnamdi is going to command something slightly greater than the two aforementioned contracts.

If the Raiders had planned on making an offer to Asomugha they’ve effectively bid against themselves in the wake of Routt’s contract.

All in all it would appear Asomugha is on his way out. Given the current economic climate, having four defenders all making north of $10-million in 2011 would seem ridiculous.

But beyond what Asomugha does on the field it his presence off of it that is invaluable.

For a franchise shrouded in gloom in recent years, Asomugha was one of the lone bright spots. You’re just not going to find a better face for your franchise. And it just so happens he’s also one of the best defensive players in the league too.

Perhaps his price tag was simply too large for Al Davis to bear but that is not Asomugha’s fault. It’s not like Nnamdi engaged in an ugly contract dispute to get his money. Davis didn’t want to keep paying the price by using the franchise tag and saw fit to reward Aso with the biggest deal any DB has ever signed.

Now Nnamdi is a victim of his own fortune.

With Asomugha the Raiders didn’t see much success. In the broad scheme of things his departure isn’t as big as say Peyton Manning walking away from the Colts. But as a team captain, dominant defender and model citizen Asomugha is irreplaceable.

Oakland might have saved some change in the long run but in the short term they’ve alienated yet another of their most important assets.

This is a business and as we all know it is never personal. Well, unless it’s Marcus Allen or most any of the recent rolodex of head coaches Davis has flipped through. Justin Fargas was given his walking papers just before being honored with another ‘Commitment to Excellence’ award. Kirk Morrison was traded after being a fixture in the middle since his first day in Silver and Black. That is the business of football.

Pro Football is a world where friendship is a term used as loosely as a designated driver is by Lindsay Lohan.

Still, it somehow seems like Asomugha deserved better. Funny thing is Davis might just have done him a favor. Nnamdi got his payday and now he’s free to find a situation where he might be able to finally get a taste of the postseason. The irony is that the Raiders are finally in position to contend so his best bet might have been to stay put. But the Raiders have played that option out by committing loot to Richard Seymour, Kamerion Wimbley and ,most ironic of all, Asomugha’s counterpart – Stanford Routt.

Topics: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured, Champ Bailey, Justin Fargas, Kamerion Wimbley, Kirk Morrison, Marcus Allen, Nnamdi Asomugha, Peyton Manning, Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt

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  • http://YAHOO JOSE

    WELL I THINK THAT WHAT THE RAIDERS DID, WAS THE BEST THEY COULD OF DONE ESPECIALLY GETTING RID OF MORRISON!!!!!!!!! GOD I HATED THAT GUY.. MC FADDEN IS THE MAN IN THAT TEAM. SO WAS JASON CAMBELL.. BUT HOPE WE DO GREAT THIS YEAR.

  • X

    Nothing is clear at all. Mr. Davis is upping the ante on salary to raise the cap size or even get rid of it. It’s a chain afect all teams would have to pay a higher price for all free agents. This works out better for us. It means more money to pay Nnamdi. Mr. Davis likes his players and pays them well.
    And stop disrespecting Mr. Davis we have enough haters as it is we don’t need more within our own Nation.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    X,

    Al’s moves never have that effect on the rest of the league. Just ask Darelle Revis who wanted Nnamdi money and couldn’t get it even with a huge contract holdout.

    Al does things his way and the rest of the league just ignores him and goes about their business.

    I’m not an Al hater. I respect everything he’s done for the game and its safe to say I wouldn’t be a Raider fan without him. My problem is that his ego gets in the way of his franchise. Take Cable for example. nobody ever thought Cable was Madden but Davis had plenty of chances to get rid of him but choose to stick it out. Finally the Raiders improve and Davis waits until then to make a change. Had he fired him…I don’t know…after breaking Randy Hanson’s jaw or seeing another 5 win season, it would have been understood. But to do so after the team has success shows it is all about Al.

    I can’t get behind that.

  • stinamx

    RAIDER NATION, support STANFORD ROUTT #26, on his way to PRO BOWL and SUPER BOWL… Vote him in, tell everyone to vote MANY TIMES… http://www.facebook.com/StanfordRouttProBowl To vote GO here… http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot?pos=CB&optid=622592_02_1_28 , click on DEFENSE then CB and at the bottom left is STANFORD ROUTT, (another interception last week end!), click on STANFORD the at the bottom right click on SUBMIT BALLOT. Do it and REPEAT; you can vote as many times as possible… Your Super Bowl Hotel provider http://www.14sb.com/ and http://2020Hotels.com/ THANK YOU for your support! Brenda

  • Nat19699

    RAIDER NATION, support STANFORD ROUTT #26, on his way to PRO BOWL and SUPER BOWL… Vote him in, tell everyone to vote MANY TIMES… http://www.facebook.com/StanfordRouttProBowl To vote GO here… http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot?pos=CB&optid=622592_02_1_28 , click on DEFENSE then CB and at the bottom left is STANFORD ROUTT, (another interception last week end!), click on STANFORD the at the bottom right click on SUBMIT BALLOT. Do it and REPEAT; you can vote as many times as possible… Your Super Bowl Hotel provider http://www.14sb.com/ and http://2020Hotels.com/ THANK YOU for your support! Brenda