Stanford Routt brings good and bad

Stanford Routt brings good and bad
February 10, 2012, 9:39 pm
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The Raiders released cornerback Stanford Routt a year after giving him a five-year, 54.5 million contract that supposedly contained 20 million guaranteed. By releasing him at this time, the Raiders have no further financial obligation to Routt after having paid him 10 million in salary and bonuses in 2011.The finances are important here because although the Raiders didnt think he was good enough to justify his contract that doesnt mean he cant play. He played nearly every snap for Oakland last year and opposing quarterbacks completed just 51 percent of their passes when throwing to Routts area. Routt allowed just 11 yards per receptions and defensed 10 passes.Thats the good Routt. The bad Routt committed 17 penalties including eight for holding and seven for pass interference. The total number of penalties committed was the highest on the Raiders and the highest among NFL cornerbacks. He also allowed nine touchdown passes, the most of any cornerback.The penalties are not a new issue. He has committed 38 in the past three seasons. To be fair, Routts issues with penalties may be connected to the culture in Oakland. They annually are among the league leaders in penalties committed and in 2011 they set the NFL record for both penalties and penalty yardage in a single season.Even if the penalty issues can be cleaned up, he doesnt appear to be a very good fit with the Redskins. He is best in press coverage and the Redskins dont utilize scheme that the majority of the time.In fact, the Redskins already have a cornerback who was once released by the Raiders who is best in press coverage, commits some key penalties from time to time, and both makes and gives up big plays. It can be useful to have one player like DeAngelo Hall on the team but having two could be dangerous.