Lions Should Kick the Tires on Stanford Routt & Other NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Wide receiver Denarius Moore #17 of the Oakland Raiders carries the ball after making a catch as cornerback Stanford Routt #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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"Thanks, but no thanks."

That was the overall reaction I received when I mentioned that Stanford Routt could be a player the Lions would be interested in after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs this week.

As Justin Rogers said at today, it was a surprising move when he was let go—though it is the Chiefs and nobody really knows what the heck is going on in Kansas City.

Part of the problem was simply one of money, but how can you be unhappy with a contract you just signed a guy to?

This is why lockouts happen, by the way. No guarantees in the NFL, so you make your own.

His cover skills aren't spectacular, but they are really no worse than when he was with the Raiders, so the Chiefs can't have been shocked. 

That said, he is a very physical, hard-hitting tackler who doesn't get hurt and produces a lot of tackles.

Should the Lions look at him?

I think the Lions should look at everyone, to be honest. We're talking about a franchise who is losing secondary players at an alarming rate. 

Routt isn't a shutdown corner, but with some safety help, he could be more productive and his tackling will help against teams like Minnesota, Houston and Chicago.

The question is price. Routt was being paid well by the Raiders and by the Chiefs. The Lions certainly don't need to sink a heavy amount of money into the position since they will get their young core healthy again, if not this year, but the next.

However a reasonable contract offer—perhaps even just the remainder of the year with an option—could be a good idea to bring in a guy who would bolster the overall secondary.

I would not sign him long term, and I wouldn't pay him a truckload of money—I think that was a mistake by both the Raiders and Chiefs—but bringing him in for some help would be a good idea and help a secondary which has struggled with injuries.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Jeff Dickerson of says ball security will play heavily into the outcome of the game against the Texans.

Not having Tillman isn't the end of the world, according to the Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom.

Over at the Sun-Times, Mark Potash says Jay Cutler has a battle (and batter!) on his hands with JJ Watt.


Detroit Lions

Justin Rogers writes over at that while Jared Allen doesn't like anonymous GMs talking trash about anyone, even the Lions, he is not a fan of Gosder Cherilus.

Nate Burleson wants to come back and be a Lion post-injury, but knows that the guys in front of him could play him out of a spot (he'd be happy for them says Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press).

Over at, Tim Twentyman says the Vikings know that the Lions' special teams is not the same one which struggled so badly a month ago.


Green Bay Packers

Many Packers are getting hurt, but the backfield is actually getting healthier according to the Journal-Sentinel's Gary D'Amato.

Chad Toporski at takes a look at some of the stats from Randall Cobb and other playmakers entrusted with getting the chains moving.

Mike Vandermause says that Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers are the two most indispensable players on the roster over at the Press-Gazette.


Minnesota VIkings

Pioneer Press' Ben Goessling takes a look at how backup quarterback Joe Webb is handling being the most popular guy in town behind a struggling starter.

He's not getting many chances, but Kyle Rudolph remains confident in his abilities according to Judd Zulgad at 1500 ESPN.

Rookie Jarius Wright hasn't played a game yet this season, but he may get his chance if Percy Harvin misses time according to Mark Craig of the Star-Tribune.

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