The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Oakland Raiders CB Stanford Routt, the team announced on Monday. Routt was cut by the Raiders just a year after signing a big money deal that will still put $5 million more in his pocket next month.
Routt’s deal is said to be for three years and just under $20 million, with a $4 million signing bonus. The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals were said to be the others most interested in Routt’s services.
Looking at this deal isolated from anything else the Chiefs do this offseason, it’s a solid move. Routt was a good No. 2 corner playing next to Nnamdi Asomugha, but struggled last season when he had to be Oakland’s top corner. He will once again get a chance to play second fiddle, this time to Brandon Flowers.
However, knowing that this signals the end of Brandon Carr’s career in Kansas City, it’s hard to feel good about this move. Carr is better and already has proven himself playing with Flowers, Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.
Is it good to see the Chiefs being active? Absolutely. But right now it just looks like it’s another way for owner Clark Hunt to save a few bucks.