According to Scout.com’s Adam Caplan, whose information regarding contractual issues is normally on point, the Raiders will issue a first-and-third round tender to cornerback Stanford Routt.
That’s the same level the Broncos gave to Elvis Dumervil, who led the NFL in sacks with 17.
That means if any team wanted to sign Routt and the Raiders declined to match, they’d get first and third-round draft picks in return. Which, obviously, is not going to happen.
Routt doesn’t even start. The first-and third-round tender would earn Routt $3,268 million this season.
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. Chris Johnson, Oakland’s other starting corner, is in the second year of a four-year, $16 million contract and scheduled to make $2.6 million in salary this year.