Stanford Routt: Coveted Corner Signs Contract with Kansas City Chiefs

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver  Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos and cornerback Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders vie for the ball in the rain at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Stanford Routt will be staying in the AFC West.

According to Adam Schefter, Routt—who was released by the Oakland Raiders this offseason—has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former Oakland CB Stanford Routt reached agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 20, 2012

Routt also visited the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals before deciding on Kansas City.


What It Means

Kansas City has two main players it likely hopes to re-sign this offseason—cornerback Brandon Carr and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Adding Routt likely means Carr is now expendable and the team can use the franchise tag on Bowe if they can't work out a long-term extension.

Still, letting Carr hit free agency comes with its risks. Routt was cut by the Raiders for a reason—his 2011 was a mixed bag. From ESPN:

He was credited with allowing eight touchdown passes last season -- tied for the second-most in the NFL—and led the league with 17 penalties committed. He did set career highs with four interceptions and 15 passes defensed, however.


What Happens Next

The team has to decide what it will do if it hits an impasse in contract talks with either Carr or Bowe. If the Chiefs hit an impasse with both, they have to decide whom to use the franchise tag on. How the team decides to approach free agency and the draft will certainly factor into that decision.

But Routt is another addition to a Kansas City team that looks like a promising squad in 2012—namely if it can keep its stars healthy—keep Carr and Bowe around and draft a playmaker when it selects with the 12th overall pick at the NFL draft.


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