Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt will pay a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals, NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora reports. Routt was released by the Raiders a week ago, a casualty of a new front office and coaching staff wishing to rid the team of burdensome contracts.
Routt was one year into a five year, $54.5 million deal with Oakland. The Raiders set dubious team records this season for passing yards and touchdown passes allowed.
Routt's exit from Oakland should be a warning flag to potential suitors. The Raiders lost Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency before the season, leaving Routt and newly acquired Lito Sheppard as the starting corners. Sheppard himself is a free agent and likely to leave Oakland, leaving the cupboard bare at that position. That the Raiders, clearly starving for quality corners, would cut Routt is curious at best.
Routt, in his seventh year in the league, has been a nickel corner most of his career. His two shots at starting in Oakland have not gone well. It would appear that the Bengals would be better suited signing their own free agents, Kelly Jennings or Adam Jones, rather than pursuing Routt.
While the team clearly needs an upgrade at corner and has some doubt there with Leon Hall returning from injury, an aging Nate Clements and the aforementioned free agents, they would be better suited addressing the position through the draft and by signing their own free agents.
It never hurts to "kick the tires" with free agents, but the Bengals would be wise to go in another direction than Routt.
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