|It seems unlikely that Carr will return to Kansas City in 2012. (US Presswire)|
Just because the Chiefs made the first big signing of the offseason by inking former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19.6 million deal, that doesn’t mean Kansas City wants to lose one of its best defenders.
In fact, general manager Scott Pioli said he’s still talking to the agent of Brandon Carr in an effort to keep him in Kansas City and keep him off the free agent market.
“We’re going to continue to talk to Brandon and his agent,” Pioli said Thursday, via the Kansas City Star. “If we can come to a deal that makes sense for both sides, then hopefully we’ll be able to keep him here.”
That, however, won’t be easy, considering the Chiefs also extended Brandon Flowers’ contract last fall, meaning they’ll pay him nearly $10 million a year for the next five seasons.
So, why pay Routt and Flowers and not pay Carr? Probably because Carr is going to get paid like one of the top cornerbacks in the game and probably because the team is already paying Flowers top cornerback money. CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco ranked Carr as the No. 2 free agent in the league this offseason, writing, “How often do good man-cover players in their primes hit the market? This kid is about to get paid. He is this high because he plays a premium position well.”
Pioli, though, feels confident about Routt, despite the fact he was penalized a league-high 17 times last season (although, to be fair, Routt is certainly an above-average defensive back whose stats aren’t dissimilar from Carr’s numbers).
“He’s been a starting NFL corner, a good corner, a productive player,” Pioli said. “We’ve had to face him the last three years so we’ve seen him play a lot.”
Meanwhile, Pioli has been insisting that the Routt signing has no impact on the team’s negotiations with Carr (though that’s pretty hard to believe).
“This signing doesn't eliminate the feelings that we have for Brandon and how we want to have him here,” Pioli said earlier this week, via Arrowhead Pride. “He knows that. He wants to be here. We want him here. If both sides find a deal that makes sense for one another, we'd love to have Brandon back."
Chances are the signing of Routt makes that rather unlikely.
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