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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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Comments

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Did you really just say letting our only proven 1000 yard receiver walk is smart? Your either delusional or a raiders fan



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

If they're smart they got this guy as a nickel/dime guy and not a starter.  They Franchise Carr and let Bowe walk...if necessary.  But then again will "Peon" Pioli do that...probably not.  Now looking into Routt's Background if the Chiefs signed him he has to have some patriots ties lol. 




Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Congrats, this was a GREAT pick up by KC!



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Report: Stanford Routt signs with Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe will be franchised now. Cheifs building nicely for the future.
 



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Report: Stanford Routt signs with Chiefs

yeah you will love all the penalties that come with this bum also. All he does is hold and grab good luck chiefs way to overpay for a average cb when you goy a stud carr on yout team.
 



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Report: Stanford Routt signs with Chiefs

damn.  Now they'll franchise tag Bowe, I was hoping the Niners could somehow lure him over.  Probably not now.

 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Report: Stanford Routt signs with Chiefs

I am just singing!  Yea, great sign.  LOVE IT!!!!


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