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Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:43 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 2:27 pm
Routt tackles his new teammate Bowe. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Less than two weeks ago, Oakland made the decision to cut cornerback Stanford Routt. Less than two weeks later, he's a member of the Chiefs, one of the Raiders AFC West division rivals, Kansas City announced on Monday.

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According to multiple reports, Routt's deal is for three years and worth $19.6 million.

"Stanford has a proven record of success in the NFL," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said in a statement released by the team. "He’s a talented player that has spent seven seasons in the AFC West, so he is familiar with us and our division opponents. We are excited to have Stanford join the team, and we are looking forward to getting started."

Routt was cut by the Raiders because his contract was simply untenable to new general manager Reggie McKenzie (or perhaps we should say "out of whack"?).

As our own Josh Katzowitz noted last week, Routt drew plenty of interest on the open market, as a talented cornerback available well in advance of most free agents being able to sign with teams on March 13.

Oakland's not off the hook, though. Multiple reports indicate that Routt's new deal will not offset the $5 million Routt was scheduled to receive from the Raiders in 2012, so the cornerback will be getting two paychecks.

"We are excited that we were able to come to terms with Stanford,” General Manager Scott Pioli said. “He is a talented player, and as we have said in the past, we are always looking to add competition at every position year-round. Stanford’s experience and level of play will make him a solid addition to our defense."

Perhaps the most interesting part of the addition of Routt to the Chiefs is what it means for would-be free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr. Carr was a strong possibility to get the franchise tag, but the Chiefs signing Routt means that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is a much more likely target now.

Carr will then hit free agency at the ripe old age of 25 and likely draw a ton of interest from teams in need of a cornerback.

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Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:07 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

@ Braydon: KC is $62 million under the cap...or was before this deal.


Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:40 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs


Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:43 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Kansas City is making a tough call here, but they can get a similar CB2 for about half of what Carr is seeking.  Sounds like Carr wants to prove he can be CB1.  I love the guy and wish we could keep him.  We got him out of some DII school in the later rounds and got a lot out of him.

Credit Herm Edwards and his staff for a lot of that.

But Pioli/Crennel have other needs and they seem to like Arenas as the nickel backer.  They also have a guy (Brown) from Colorado who should be ready to contribute.  Getting the CB position fortified before FA and the draft will allow the team to focus on bigger needs in the draft, like OL, NT, and ILB.  They also need depth/competition at QB, RB, TE, and SS.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:39 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Braydon, i'm a raider fan....go watch tape of every raider game this year and let me know what you particular attention to late 4th quarters when you need a reliable corner....he gets beat more then he defends.  (Also see stats Calvin Johnson put up against him....over 200).  decent corner but not worth the $ he's getting.....

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:21 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Man where do some people get their info from?  For starters KC is NOT 60 million under the cap.

Second, Carr is asking absurd money, more than Flowers.  I'm sorry Carr is an up and coming CB but he's not better than Flowers.  His hands are very suspect and cost KC several chances at big plays by dropping pick 6's.  By adding Routt a player 3 yrs older but for far less you are getting an experienced player that knows that division inside and out.  It's a pretty darn good move for KC if you ask me.  Lots of teams wanted Routt and I don't even want to hear typical Raider fan bag this guy.  From the games I watched, he got called on some BS calls.  Furthermore, that ENTIRE team including your franchise players Seymour got ransacked with personal foul calls EJECTIONS even so if yer saying good riddens to him because of penalties than you might as well cut the whole team.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:48 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Don't like it. Good speed and phyiscal tools but gets beat too often and flagged too often. It's a decent move if you can't keep Carr though I guess.  Hopefully, Pioli already has deals in place with Carr and Bowe and is just jerking the league around. 

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:41 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

This only makes sense to me if KC signs Carr and makes Routt their nickel corner. Carr is a better player. And $6 million for Routt?? I guess that is the going rate for an above average corner now a days. KC has the money to do it. They can easily sign Bowe and Carr. They were $60 million under the cap before signing Routt.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:38 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Not a bad plan, really.  Carr is going to cost a ton, so they let him walk, sign a cheaper option, and keep the money (and the tag) to use on someone else that can help.

Remember also that in Oakland, Routt was consistently asked to cover the other team's best WR.  In Kansas City, they may feel that Flowers has grown enough to do that job, which will let Routt handle the other side more often.  If I recall, he was quite good 2 years ago as a #2 Corner... he just wasn't up to the task as a #1 last year.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:20 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Solid pickup by the Chiefs.  As a Raiders fan, I am not sorry to see him go however.  His salary did not make sense based on his ability.  He was out of position on many plays, made questionable decisions, and took WAAY too many penalties.  In many ways, I am glad it was the Chiefs who signed him as I think they will soon find out he is a liability at that price. 

As for the Raiders "plan", I can safely say that this is best I have felt during an off season since the early 2000's.  The Raiders are ridding themselves of overpriced malcontents.  I hope they can bring in guys who will play disciplined, hard football.  I am a homer with the ability to see the game and comment accordingly.  Routt's press far surpasses his on-field accomplishments.


Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:16 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Good pickup for the Chiefs.  I was hoping the Broncos would go after him.  What are the Raiders doing?  They just gave up Nnamdi, now Routt?  Not sure if they have a plan?  

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