The Oakland Raiders had to rework some contracts to get under the salary cap by today's 1 p.m. deadline. They turned to the newly signed Stanford Routt to do so. It may seem a little odd to re-negotiate a deal after only a couple of months, and a handful of practices, but the NFL salary cap rules are a little weird.
What is not silly how much more Routt just got on his contract. According to a tweet by Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Routt's new deal is for five years and $54.5 million. The amount of money Routt is set to get per year essentially stayed the same as his now old-new contract was for three years and $31 million.
Even more eye-catching is the fact that this contract is for just $5.5 million less than Nnamdi Asomugha's new deal. If it wasn't clear before, it is now: Al Davis no longer felt Nnamdi Asomugha was Raider material.
If the reports are true Routt now has the third most lucrative contract of any corner in the NFL. Routt had a good year last year, but I'm not so sure it was that good!