Raiders Stanford Routt intercepts a 49ers pass by J.T. O'Sullivan but later fumbles on the play...
The new regime of the Raiders has begun erasing what it believes to be the mistakes of the past, with the first big move coming in the release of cornerback Stanford Routt Thursday.
Routt was signed last offseason to a three-year, $31.5 million contract extension that at the time made him the third-highest paid cornerback in the NFL, just a few days before the NFL lockout began.
Routt was retained by owner Al Davis while at the same time the club made no effort to re-sign Nnamdi Asomugha, who eventually signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
A later restructure boosted the value of the deal to five years and $54.5 million.
Routt's contract reportedly guaranteed him $20 million, meaning the Raiders could be out that amount depending on wording of the deal.
In 2012, Routt had four interceptions but played inconsistently and led the NFL in penalties with 17.
Following the press conference announcing the hiring of coach Dennis Allen, general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team would begin examining contracts and personnel while putting their financial house in order.
``From where we are, we've got some contracts that are kind of out of whack, but in discussions and viewing the cap situation, we should be fine," McKenzie said. "We don't have to make wholesale changes.''
Routt's release would seem to serve notice that anyone making a big salary on the Raiders' underachieving defense could be affected.