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Routt signs with Chiefs

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 10:42 am in Oakland Raiders.

Cornerback Stanford Routt agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, according to multiple media outlets and first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Routt, who will have earned $15 million with the Raiders, according to one report, will get $11 million this season and $19.3 million over three years.

The knee-jerk reaction? It means the Chiefs aren’t interested in re-signing Brandon Carr, who I’m assuming had a better year than Routt in 2011 unless he had more than 18 penalties and gave up more than eight touchdown receptions.

– Monday is the first day teams can use the franchise designation. The Raiders will keep their plans close to the vest.

“We’ll keep every option available to us open,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said through a team spokesman.

The Raiders have two prime candidates for the franchise tag _ running back Michael Bush and strong safety Tyvon Branch.

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  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RR,

    Thanks for the advice, but I don’t need it. I don’t need tips in respect from you (with all due respect).

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Tips on*respect

  • RaiderRockstar

    O,

    Routt had a good “contract year” just like Huff & Branch … another reason why I hope we don’t offer Tyvon a monster contract!

  • RaiderRockstar

    anybody seen 4eva?

    miss that guy …

  • Just Fire Baby

    J Hill,

    Took the new sticks out for their first test run at the range this weekend.

    It is on like Donkey Kong!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I have to disagree RR. Branch started his 2nd year, and he played well for us, and he improved his coverage skills last season (odd since he played CB at college). I think we need to have him over guys like Huff, Henderson, etc…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Branch is a solid tackler and great in run support.

    His “abilities” to cover in a zone leave a lot to desired however.

  • Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Branch is a solid tackler and great in run support.

    His “abilities” to cover in a zone leave a lot to desired however.
    ===================================

    But again none of the Raider defenders had any idea how to play a zone coverage. The coaching staff must have put up this flow chart

    How to Play Zone:

    Step One: Drop five steps backwards into coverage
    Step Two: watch opponent complete pass
    Step Three: make half assed attempt at tackling opponent
    Step four: point finger at team mates

  • bcz24

    Branch started as a rookie until he ended up on IR. He is staying

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bcz aka Cap Expert,

    I agree. Branch is staying. So was I right about the rest of the contracts?

  • R8ER MIKE

    lol lol Seymour. funny but sad at the same time because its true.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Branch didn’t start as a rookie. He was injured most of his rookie season. He still managed to have 1 INT with cast on his arm his rookie season.

  • RaiderCrunch

    If Routt gets good coaching, he may become the player Al envisioned. Al saw something in Routt. He just had schitty coaching with chucka b and the crappa d.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    What Al saw was a sub 4.3 40. That’s it.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Al didnt play zone, he played man. imo thats why nnamdi didnt look good in philly.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Type O,

    Tyvon Branch is overrated imo

    offer him a reasonable “take it or leave it” contract

  • bcz24

    So how much money can we save if we cut Huff, Henderson, TK, CJ, Eugene, and Boss?
    *****************
    Huffs cap hit is $5.8 million, the acceleration of his signing bonus if he is cut would cost us $5.5 million, he is NOT getting cut for $300k in savings

    Henderson will only cost us $750k to cut saving $4 million

    TK’s cap hit this year is close to 9 million, if we cut him he will cost about $6 mill (after the acceleration of his signing bonus)

    CJ37′s cap hit would have been $4.2 million but it seems he is listed as not active in the league. I think we quietly may have already cut him?

    Eugene’s contract has no guarantees, he will free up 2.5 mill if not retained.

    Any others?

  • arj

    Routt was by no means garbage. He was pretty good, maybe a bit overpaid, but he made some plays down the stretch. He was a bit of a drop-off after we lost Nnamdi, but now after Routt, the drop off is extremely hard. DVD is a gentle joke, and Chekwa looks like he will be good but he is going to need a couple of seasons to really get the position. Not sure about Underwood considering he was cut by the Packers. I was worried about our CBs after we lost Nnamdi, but I’m much more worried now after Routt too.

    Unless we are going to be shifting the defensive scheme from the age-old philosophy of mostly playing man2man, our CBs are going to be in trouble…big time.

  • hwnrdr

    Funny quote from Chucky B: Routt is the worst player I have ever coached!

  • bcz24

    offer him a reasonable “take it or leave it” contract
    *****************
    I don’t want to get into an all day debate over this, but who do you replace him with. He is the top rated safety available, and you have said yourself you think our new staff is going to get more out of these guys.

    Branch stays, he will sign a contract valued at roughly between 5 and 6 mill a year or he will be tagged at $6.2 mill.

  • bcz24

    Unless we are going to be shifting the defensive scheme from the age-old philosophy of mostly playing man2man, our CBs are going to be in trouble…big time.
    ******************
    News Flash… Al Davis passed away on 10/08/11

    The antiquated strict M2M, Single high safety, 4 man rush will take its place in the HoF beside Al’s bust while we run a multiple look defense tailored to the 21st century

  • RaiderRockstar

    What did safeties Gibson, Schweigert, Wilson, Brown, Frampton, Shabazz, Nash, Perryman & Combs do after leaving Oakland?

    What interest would Eugene & Mitchell receive in FA if we axed them tomorrow?

    Al Davis ruins every defensive back he gets his hands on … unless your last name is Woodson

    expect Huff & Branch to stink it up next year. All they know is the AD defense and we ain’t rolling with that no more

  • bcz24

    expect Huff & Branch to stink it up next year. All they know is the AD defense and we ain’t rolling with that no more
    *******************
    Agree to disagree my friend.

  • bcz24

    Mike Mitchell costs us less than a mill per year, he will be around. He is a decent special teamer, but he has a lot of work to do at safety

  • Thec

    You guys wishing on a star for us to sign some big name Free’s it is not going to happen…

  • Thec

    Most we can “wish for” is that our GM is a really good talent evaluator….Our training camp roster will have a ton of UDFA’s….

  • bcz24

    Curry is only guaranteed $757,000 this year, the other 5 million is not guaranteed. If he fails to work a new deal he will be a cap casualty for sure.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bcz,

    And that’s why you are our Cap Expert.
    So we should cut Henderson, CJ (if he wasn’t cut), and Eugene.
    Total Savings: $10.5..
    Not enough for all the FAs in my wish list, but that should be enough to sign Carr.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t want to get into an all day debate over this, but who do you replace him with. He is the top rated safety available, and you have said yourself you think our new staff is going to get more out of these guys

    ***

    BCZ,

    you said yourself this morning:

    “I will be surprised if we sign ANY FA for more than $5 million”

    I agreed with you. that includes Bush & Branch imo

  • guest123

    420, I couldn’t agree more about making it a priority to re-sign Branch. Anywhere and everywhere it makes sense to cut someone, they should just do it and let it all shake itself out. The only other guy I’d want to “overpay” is KW. I think his extra $4M is worth it to get consistent pressure on the QB.

  • bcz24

    Total Savings: $10.5..
    Not enough for all the FAs in my wish list, but that should be enough to sign Carr.
    ************************
    Not so fast my friend. We are $11 million over, those cuts will get us to the cap. Now you need to make more cuts to get us the room for our limited draft class and UDFA’s that we need to bring in.

    Im telling you, there isn’t any money to sign FA’s at all.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    Hwnrdr Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 8:20 am
    Funny quote from Chucky B: Routt is the worst player I have ever coached!
    ——
    source?

  • guest123

    No great loss in Routt. He’s a decent corner, especially in close around the RZ, but he got burned and caused those penalties on deep routes. He had a bad season, but that’s not all on him. Some of that is Bresh’s scheme. Routt needed to be cut, and even though KC got a “steal”, I still think he’s overpaid for what he gives them.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bcz,

    We have to restructure/ renegotiate with Seymour, Palmer, Wimbley, TK, and Huff.

  • http://raiders.com Mark Clemens

    I would not keep Michael Bush if I was Reggie. I feel like he easily can be replaced. Keep McFadden and get some solid backups.

  • hwnrdr

    432.Mark Clemens Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 8:39 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 8:20 am
    Funny quote from Chucky B: Routt is the worst player I have ever coached!
    ——
    source?

    I work with Chuck B’s neighbor in Cinci…last year, Chuck gave him and my bosses tickets to the games. They met Chuck B outside in the parking lot after one game nad both of them (His neighbor and my boss) has said that is what he has told them.

  • bcz24

    Now I am sure Palmer will work a new deal. He is due $40 mill over the next 3 years, but none of that is guaranteed. If we cut him before opening day he cost’s us nothing (aside from the picks already spent). He will work out a cap friendly deal I think.

    Wimbley’s contract is far and away the worst because he holds the power right now. We are stuck with it, unless we cut him on principle, which will save us close to $5 mill but leave us with a big big whole in the LB core.

    Seymour I am certain will work a new deal for a few more years so he can retire here, that will be much much more cap friendly, but won’t put us in the prediciments the past ‘renegotiating’ has.

    We have lived on the ‘credit card’ philosophy for FAR too long in Oakland borrowing for the future for success today, and fallen short doing so. We might go through a tough year or 2 while we get our salary’s in order but we can rest assured we are in the process of building a franchise, not a one year wonder.

  • bcz24

    We have to restructure/ renegotiate with Seymour, Palmer, Wimbley, TK, and Huff.
    *********************
    Huff TK and Wimbley have no incentive to restructure at all.

  • guest123

    I agree with some of the others that Mark Davis is going to just take his poison pills with Seymour, Palmer, maybe Wimbley and let go of Huff and TK. With the endgoal of being a fiscally conservative replica of Oakland A’s. They will be playing moneyball management until they feel they have the clear identity of what they will be. This is a transition year. Wait and see.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Hwnrdr,

    Are you serious?

  • Just Win Baby

    Hmm…looks like Brady Quinn is talking smack on Tebow in Denver, maybe they will let him go. I guess BQ would be a better back-up than Boller…..

  • RaiderRockstar

    You guys wishing on a star for us to sign some big name Free’s it is not going to happen…

    Most we can “wish for” is that our GM is a really good talent evaluator….Our training camp roster will have a ton of UDFA’s….

    ***

    Thec,

    whats good man? been a while!

    agreed with your comments above. I think the roster will be purged of a few more starters on Defense. Bloggers will be throwing thier hands up in the air confused and outraged by it. In the end, we will still win the AFC West next season and some youngsters will step in and fill key roles.

    what worked on Defense last year?

    pass rush? run defense? pass defense? turnovers?

    look at all the awful contracts on that side of the football. I’m saying if Reggie can save a few million, go ahead and whack 5 or 6 dudes and let’s move on. I don’t want to hear about “we’re only saving 500k!” or “who are we gonna get to replace him?” it’s not about that right now. The offense basically carried the defense the past two years. What makes 2012 any different? We have legit coaching. We have a GM who can find talent and eliminate the scholarship program. We’re gonna be creative on Defense. We’re gonna mix it up. I’m telling you right now I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Giordano & Mitchell replace Huff & Branch in the starting lineup … unless they get beat out by some cheap FA’s and undrafted guys

    You don’t pay good money to a player that doesn’t buy in or give it his all. the slackers are outta here. I don’t think Reggie is afraid to cut ties with ROMAC either. If he has off field baggage, avoids the media, doesn’t display any leadership, doesnt improve this offseason and doesnt want to be held accountable .. whack him! We’ll cut corners elsewhere and make up for it

  • r8eray

    Assuming Arian Foster — a restricted free agent — stays in Houston, that leaves Michael Bush as perhaps the most complete back likely to hit the open market. We’d rank Peyton Hillis, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Benson, and Mike Tolbert as the next guys in line.

    Bush wore down late last year, failing to top 80 rushing yards in his last six starts. He’s better used as a complementary player. Tolbert may be the best value of the group because he has a versatile skill and won’t cost a lot. Benson no longer breaks tackles and can’t help on passing downs.

    SOURCE: PFT

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Maybe they will restructure to help the entire team get better. If they don’t agree, then cut all three of them.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I hate to talk about race, but if Tebow was a different color/ race, he wouldn’t have played QB in the NFL. He would have been converted to RB/ FB .

  • guest123

    I think the roster will be purged of a few more starters on Defense. Bloggers will be throwing thier hands up in the air confused and outraged by it. In the end, we will still win the AFC West next season and some youngsters will step in and fill key roles.

    ********

    I love the optimism, but it’s not like Reggie Mac is some sort of genius that is going to outsmart all of the other 31 teams out there looking for UDFA talent. The fact is, the teams with the best and most draft picks and continuity of signed starters are in much better position to win and win now. Could it happen? Sure. But not likely. That’s why what you predict, (bunch of bloggers with upraised arms) is exactly what’s going to happen.

  • hwnrdr

    440.Raider O Says:
    February 21st, 2012 at 8:50 am
    Hwnrdr,

    Are you serious?

    Yup…now whether they heard wrong or not…that’s a different story!

  • YoungAmerican

    One thing’s for sure – Curry isn’t seeing that $5 million in 2012. If he doesn’t restructure, he’ll be cut.

  • R8ER MIKE

    I guess BQ would be a better back-up than Boller…..
    ***************************************************
    a ham sandwich is a better back-up then Boller !!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    If I was a QB in Denver, I would be angry too. I can throw better than Tebow.