It’s been amusing watching the sports media world respond to the Raiders’ release of cornerback Stanford Routt in an obvious cost-cutting move. Routt is by all accounts a decent player but hardly a coveted free agent commodity. Yet by the level of reaction over the last few hours you’d swear this guy was another Nnamdi Asomugha.
How to explain the massive surge of Routt-related interest? Well that’s obvious enough. It’s the NFL. Because the NFL is the biggest thing in the history of ever, everything that happens related to the NFL becomes way too big a deal. An okay cornerback hitting the market early, in this world of blogs and Twitter, explodes like ten Hiroshima bombs.
And I want to get in on the action. So here’s my post on Stanford Routt.
The Vikings have reportedly expressed interest in Routt, whose agent has also received calls from multiple other NFL teams. The Vikings are in dire need of an upgrade at cornerback after finishing the season with Antoine Winfield on IR, Chris Cook in legal limbo and Cedric Griffin in the doghouse. I can’t emphasize enough the Vikings’ need for better cornerbacks. They ended the season with Asher Allen, Benny Sapp and Marcus Sherels in prominent roles. Yuck.
Routt is only one of several potential fixes for the Vikings. The run down of possible free agents at cornerback includes Carlos Rogers, Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan, Brandon Carr, Tracy Porter and Aaron Ross. In-house solutions for the Vikings include Brandon Burton and…Brandon Burton. Cedric Griffin is still under contract as of now but is expected to be released as soon as Leslie Frazier gets around to it.