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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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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:03 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

wow. well it is a good deal for him. now that he has the contract he can relax, and he probably will. i am becoming increasingly disenchanted with pioli.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:30 am

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Raider N SD,

Get your utensils ready for you will be eating this.  I know you are a good fan and could be right here.  Here is why you will be wrong...
1)Raiders reached in drafting this guy as early as they did back in the day.  Like the draft day broadcasters, I was scratching my head.  He had speed and that is what Davis liked... we all got that.  His lay truly was that of a CB3 or CB2 at best.
2)He lacks discipline.  At this point in his career, this is not something that is learned at this position.  It is something you have or you don't.
3)His desicion making is shaky.  Maybe he would make a great S but I would not bet on that either as he is smaller than he should be.

Routt gets an "A"...  LOL.  The guy got paid....AGAIN!  Give him an A+!
Raiders deserve a solid "B" on this one.  Even if Routt goes on to better things, the Raiders need to free up some $$ and the new management has chosen to start over and reset things.  This is a good thing.  Mr. Davis was a legend and changed the game but he was in charge about 8-10 years too long (RIP AL).
I too am optimistic but not yet impressed.  I actually would hope for a major splash in the draft of FA but would not be surprised if McKenzie and staff want to wait a year or so and let Allen and staff get settled.  We shall see.
Either way, keep you fork and knife handy.  :)

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:23 am

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Well the Raiders know how to score next year against KC, throw it toward Routt.

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:47 am

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Let's just see what happens in the fourth quarter, the first time the Raiders meet the Chiefs next season. I suspect that a Palmer to DHB or Ford bomb (past Routt) will seal the deal for a Raider victory. At least I can hope.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:25 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Not gonna happen Twocoach, the Chiefs want Arenas as the nickleback.  And they aren't going to pay Routt and Carr.  This may be a step back, but it almost assures they will keep Bowe.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:17 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

KC better not be bringing in this guy to replace Brandon Carr. He is a HUGE step down in talent and ability. KC would be wise to sign Carr as well and have Routt as a third CB.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:06 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Thing is he won't have the pressure of being a #1 in KC.  Flowers is.  Crennel loves physical man coverage that's why the beat Green Bay this year.  That plays right to Routt's strengths.  KC would not have gotten a better CB in FA or the draft to replace Carr.  They slightly downgraded while saving a draft pick and money to sign additional depth and players.  Carr is asking top 3 CB money, is he really worth that?  If he could catch a freaking ball maybe top 5 but he lacks BIG play ability.  Plus I think this serves notice that KC finally finally is going to stop being cheap arses and attempt to spend whatever cap amount they have.  It's pretty scary if you think about this team is only a few pieces away.  They've got all their core players except Bowe signed to long term deals. 

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:59 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!!!!    If the Raiders had signed him, their fans would have called him Rod Woodson/Deion Sanders.  if they lose him, he's a bum.  This happens every single year, and I don't know why anyone listens anymore.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Stanford Routt signs three-year deal with Chiefs

Power rankings on this move;

S Routt: “A”.  Seized
an opportunity created by one of the Raiders best CB’s and provided a solid business
strategy during negotiations with management over the last two seasons, paving
the way for today’s decision. Thereby receiving 1) a franchise tag that
elevated his pay scale to an elite CB and 2) solidifying a major contract in
free agency all the while being maligned by his critics as a marginal

Raiders: “C-“. In releasing S Routt to make financial room for
a more desirable and disciplined CB, it seems like a portion of the departed
ones paycheck ($5M chump change) will remain the responsibility of the Raiders for 2012. Simply stated you
are paying someone to play against you. Once again Good Moves Reggie.

S Routt did not last on the free agency market long for a reason;
he’s a lot better than most give him credit for. Superstar, I would not go that
far but a welcomed addition to a defense with weak corners I would say, yes.

I would love nothing more than to eat all of the negative criticism
of my beloved Silver and Black management, and I will be true to sharing credit
for the good moves that are made, but for now, I’m optimistic but not impressed
with our direction for the 2012 season.

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:14 pm
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