Of course it was about the money, $30 million for Routt...the contract was ridiculous and all of us knew it. You mentioned his 4 INTs, Routt's 4 picks mean dick...Nmandi SHUTDOWN the opposing team's #1 wideout game in and game out, there is no comparison...case closed...Routt blows...penalties are not OK for a CB you deem to be #1
Nnamdi was a great cornerback for the Raiders... But the statistics were flawed when Raiders propaganda stated that teams would only throw in his direction once or twice a game.
That flaw has been exposed when he goes to Philadelphia & gives up big plays.
The logic behind Nnamdi being such a good cornerback in Oakland is that he played a lot of his football during the Jamarcus Russell era, this lead to the Oakland Raiders football team trailing a lot in games as Russell failed to put points on the board & our opponents would go into the mentality of milking the clock with the run game(& instead of covering wide receivers he would switch to tackling runningbacks)
Stanford Routt has received unfair criticism ever since Nnamdi left because the Oakland Raiders 2011 team was a high octane offense that could put points on the board. the games in which we led this season by legitamate margins forcing our opponents to abandon the run & focus on the pass were (@DEN, @BUF, vNYJ, vCLE, vDEN, @SD, vMIN, vDET)... (I remember way more Raiders leads in the 2011 season then when the Raiders led on the scoreboard in 2010) ... Now Routt was payed a lot of dollars & I agree he is not worth that contract. But when did Nnamdi ever play that many games with his team leading on the scoreboard???
But Nnamdi is overated & not even in the same breath as a guy like Darrell Revis (Nnamdi can stay with his man, but to pay him 17 million dollars for a season where in 2010 the dude couldn't even get a interception).
I think it's unfair to say that Stanford Routt 4 INT's didn't mean shit because Stanford became the new Nnamdi in terms of opposing quarterbacks targeting the other cornerback (CJ, DVD) ... Stanford would of seen probably less then 30% of balls thrown in a cornerback direction & would of seen a lot more passing plays this year due to opponents trailing on scoreboard.
Stanford was a far-better playmaker then Nnamdi ever will be. The Raiders could of easily been 7-9 because as I remember Stanford Routt had a clutch pick in the 4th quarter of that Minesota game, did he not?