Many people who have followed Routt's offseason know that this decision was nothing unexpected. However, it does come as a surprise to those aware of Brandon Carr's situation, who is currently without a contract.
Carr has improved in the last two years and stepped up for the Chiefs this past season on defense. Carr co-led the team in interceptions with Brandon Flowers with four in 2011, which is the same total Routt had in 2011 while playing for Oakland.
With both Routt and Carr without contracts, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli had some decisions to make. It appears to many people that Pioli has gone with Routt instead of Carr. A lot of people are under the impression that bringing Carr back along with Routt will cost the Chiefs a lot of money.
Keep in mind that Kansas City was $63 million under the cap prior to Routt's signing. Money is not a concern when it comes to re-signing Carr. The Chiefs have plenty of money and the ability to be flexible this offseason.
The question now is, will Carr want to come back and play for a defensive backfield where there will be three big-name and active cornerbacks?
It is no secret that Carr's interest in returning to Kansas City has declined, considering another player was signed before him. But if the Chiefs give him the money that he demands, the Chiefs might improve an already strong defensive backfield.
This is a rare scenario because Carr will want to test the market to see if he can demand and earn money elsewhere. Carr will also want to seek an opportunity to be a full-time starter.
With Routt on this team, all signs point to Carr likely leaving Kansas City.
While losing Carr is not good, the Chiefs have made up for that by adding Routt to the roster, and he could ultimately perform better under an accomplished coach in Romeo Crennel.