OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 01: Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers jumps up for a pass in the endzone at O.co Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders was called for pass interference on the play and the Chargers scored on the next play. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Cornerback Stanford Routt was released by the Raiders last Thursday, adding one more experienced and talented corner to this year's deep free agent class. Routt had signed a $54.5 million, five-year deal last summer, but was unable to maintain a high level of play once (former) shutdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha left in free agency to the Philadelphia Eagles. That deal also included $20 million guaranteed, meaning that the Raiders truly swallowed hard and lost a large chunk of money for nothing.
Routt has reportedly drawn interest from many teams around the league, one of those being the Bengals, who are hosting Routt today for a visit today (as Jason mentioned on Wednesday). Routt had visited the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday and Thursday, and will also be visiting the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans in the future, according to Jason La Canfora.
Routt is in a unique situation because he was released before free agency officially begins on March 13. That means he can be signed before March 13, giving him a leg up because he's one of only a few players visiting teams right now.
If you see him around town, tell him how much Cincinnati rocks your socks, but also remind him that he needs to cut down on the penalties. He led the entire league in 2011 with 17 penalties called.