According to ESPN.com, a league source has confirmed that the Kansas City Chiefs have acquired Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt. According to the source, Routt, who has visited Kansas City, Buffalo, and Minnesota, has agreed to three-year deal and will make $11 million this season.
Had he stayed with the Raiders, Routt would have made $5 million.
Routt was released one year into a $54.5 million, five-year contract with Oakland. He had been with the Raiders for seven years, but the team has shown they are heading in a new direction under general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen.
NFL free agency officially starts March 13, but because Routt was released he is able to sign with a team before then.
My take? It's a questionable move on the Chiefs' part.
Many fans feel that Scott Pioli has made some questionable decision during his tenure as the Kansas City general manager. Many thought that the Chiefs would retain current No. 2 cornerback Brandon Carr. Carr became an unrestricted free agent.
Carr has done more than enough to retain his spot on the Chiefs' roster. However, with this new acquisition, the Chiefs may not be able to keep Carr.
I believe the higher-ups in Kansas City know more than I do about the talent they have on their roster. I have seen Carr make many plays and pick off a lot of footballs. Routt allowed eight touchdown passes last season and lead the league in penalties with 17. He did, however, intercept the ball four times and had 15 passes defensed.
He did have a lot of pressure on him as Oakland expected him to be a No. 1 corner. Maybe when he returns to his role as a No. 2 behind the Chiefs' Brandon Flowers like he did behind Nnamdi Asomugha in Oakland, he will fare better.