Routt garnering immediate attention

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Routt garnering immediate attention

Stanford Routt, who was released by the Raiders Thursday, might not stay unemployed for long. A day later, the seven-year NFL veteran has trips planned to visit the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans, according to a report by ESPN.

Routt's agent William Vann McElroy was quoted saying, "Buffalo has him flying in on Sunday for a Monday visit."

In the aftermath of GM Reggie McKenzie saying the Raiders possessed a number of "out of whack" contracts, he made a bold move to cut the high-paid cornerback, who would have earned a guaranteed 5 million if he was on the roster Friday.

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Routt, 28, was the most penalized player in the NFL, drawing 17 flags. His burn rate rose from among the league's best at 39.4 in 2011 to a pedestrian 47.4.

Vann McElroy took no time attempting to deflect reasons for the dismissal, claiming what he thinks what "happened is you have a guy who is determined to make this team his own now. Stanford was an Al Davis guy. He loved the kid. The only reason why this came at this point is because Stanford would have had 5 million in guaranteed salary if he was on the roster Friday. Trust me there will be other quality guys cut too, but whatever you think, Stanford is a great bump-and-run cornerback with great speed."

Routt's addition to the free agent cornerbacks makes it a deep field. Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan, Atlanta's Brent Grimes, Kansas City's Brandon Carr, New Orleans' Tracy Porter and the 49ers' Carlos Rogers are among the top tier, followed by New York Giant's Terrell Thomas, Detroit's Eric Wright, and New York Giants' Aaron Ross.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans. 

Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

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Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.

The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:

"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."

No additional information is known at this time.