The Dallas Cowboys are apparently interested in free agent cornerback Stanford Routt, who was released by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. The Cowboys have contacted Routt’s agent, Vann McElroy, about a visit to Dallas. Routt played for Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Oakland, the primary reason for the team’s interest.
Routt signed a new five-year, $54.5 million contract with the Raiders in 2011. The Cowboys aren’t looking to spend that kind of money on a free agent cornerback unless it was a higher profile player like the San Francisco 49ers’ Carlos Rogers or the Tennessee Titans’ Cortland Finnegan.
Last year was Routt’s seventh NFL season and his best as a pro. The Austin, Texas, native intercepted four passes and recorded 49 tackles in 15 starts. While he’s no All-Pro, Routt can’t be any worse than Terence Newman, Orlando Scandrick and Alan Ball were in 2011.
Speculation around Valley Ranch is the Cowboys will cut Newman this offseason to save cash; he’s due $6 million this year, $7.6 million next season and $7.5 million in 2014. Routt was making more than that in Oakland, so he’ll have to take a pay cut to play in Dallas, but he apparently would like to play for Ryan again.
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