Yesterday was a busy day for Al’s checkbook. It has become an annual ritual for the Raiders to make some DB very happy as this time it was Stanford Routt’s turn to cash in. As if Routt’s $31-million deal wasn’t staggering enough, along came news of Kamerion Wimbley receiving the franchise tag. A tag valued at $10-million for next season.
But yesterday wasn’t all about the big bucks and splashy contracts. Davis is doing his best to keep the core of the team in place and that included brining back a couple of key contributors as well.
“Big” John Henderson, when healthy, was a huge help in stopping the run. Reports circulated that the Raiders and Henderson agreed to a two year deal valued at $8-million. Not as big a splash as the Routt/Wimbley deals but a contract that did raise a few eyebrows.
Not to be left out, the services of special teams contributor Rock Cartwright have also been retained. As a running back Cartwright found it difficult to work his way into the mix but on special teams he had his share of big moments including being a part of the dramatic win that snapped the losing streak to the Chargers.