Feb. 23, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERSVIDEOPaul Gutierrez
Raiders senior executive John Herrera would not confirm a Thursday morning NFL.com report that had Oakland agreeing to terms on a contract extension with cornerback Stanford Routt.Even with numbers floating around as fact that had Routt receiving 31.5 million over three years, with 20 million in the first two.Stanford Routt is a 27-year-old player and a six-year veteran in his prime who is one of the fastest cornerbacks in the league and has really come into his own here, Herrera told CSNCalifornia.com. Hes certainly a player we want to continue to work with. We think hes got his best years ahead of him.Last spring, Routt was given a first- and third-round tender, and responded with two interceptions, returning one 22 yards for a touchdown, and a career-high 55 tackles, 49 solo.And according to Stats Inc., Routt was tied with Nnamdi Asomugha for third in the NFL in burn percentage rates (39.4 percent) on a minimum of 20 passes thrown at them. Playing opposite Asomugha, Routt was targeted 99 times and allowed 39 receptions while Asomuga gave up 13 catches on 33 targets.New cornerbacks coach Rod Woodson was Asomughas mentor as a player and might be looked at to do the same with Routt.Because with relatively massive contracts given to Routt and defensive tackle Richard Seymour and an unconfirmed-by-the-Raiders report that they had put the franchise tag on linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, it would seem to put an end to Asomughas time in Oakland. Unless of course, he returns with a hearty hometown discount.REPORT: Raiders place franchise tag on Wimbley
The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.
They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.
Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.
“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”
While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.
The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.
“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.
"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”