According to Pro Football Talk the Kanas City Chiefs have signed recent Raider cast-off cornerback Stanford Routt. If you listen closely enough you can already hear the penalty flags whistling through the air in Missouri.
Routt’s mega-deal inked last offseason was one of the last Al Davis handouts. It was also the first Davis contract debacle to be vanquished by Reggie McKenzie. Routt’s new deal is said to be a three-year contract valued at $20-million, a good $10-million less than the one he received from Davis for the same length.
There is no doubt that Routt can play. As you’d expect he’s got blazing speed, good size for an NFL corner and has very good ball skills. Routt also has a tendency to defend with his hands instead of his feet. That was the biggest difference between Routt and Nnamdi Asomugha.
In this modern NFL the rules are stacked against the defense so defensive backs can’t be as hands-on as they’d like to be. Routt was the most penalized player on a team that set the NFL record for penalties. That about says it all.
Another statement made by Routt’s signing is that the Chiefs are unlikely to re-sign free agent corner Brandon Carr. Then again KC is a good $30-million under the cap so you never know. Ideally the Raiders would kick the tires on Carr but McKenzie has plenty of work to do before the team is in a position to pursue top shelf free agents.