KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass between defenders Stanford Routt #26 and Mike Mitchell #34 of the Oakland Raiders during the second half on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Oakland defeated Kansas City 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
The Oakland Raiders made a very interesting move on Thursday and released CB Stanford Routt one year into a five-year deal. As the San Francisco Chronicle notes, this is a change in how the Raiders used to operate under the late Al Davis.
Routt was released one year into a $54.5 million, five-year contract, ending his seven-year tenure in Oakland.
The move by new general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen signifies a change of approach from when Davis ran the team and was fiercely loyal to players he drafted.
There's a new sheriff in town, apparently.
Cutting Routt would be like the Chiefs releasing CB Brandon Flowers today -- both received five-year, $50-plus million deals last year. And there's a zero percent chance Flowers would ever be cut. Could you even imagine?
But that's the difference between how the Raiders used to be run and how they're now run under new GM Reggie McKenzie. Unfortunately, the latter seems a little too competent for my tastes.