In adding DL Shaun Smith to the roster on Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs delivered head coach Romeo Crennel with one of his favorite players. To make room for Smith, the Chiefs parted ways with one of their least tenured players, waiving CB Stanford Routt.
Routt was one of the GM Scott Pioli’s key offseason acquisitions as the replacement for CB Brandon Carr, who ended up leaving for a big money contract with the Dallas Cowboys. While Carr is helping the Cowboys secondary by playing by corner and safety, Routt is now on the unemployment line.
After being destroyed by the Raiders two weeks ago, Routt sat out the Chiefs 31-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers with a hamstring injury.
He may be looking for work just nine weeks into the season, but Routt has already been well compensated. He was due $5 million from the Oakland Raiders when he joined the Chiefs and will walk away with another $6 million ($4 million roster bonus, $200k workout bonus and $1.8 million salary) from the Chiefs.
Add Routt to just a long line of personnel decisions that were bungled by Pioli. Instead of having Carr and Brandon Flowers set at corner for the next five years, the Chiefs defense will try to get by with Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown, who have both been less than impressive in coverage.
I didn’t like the Routt signing at the time and obviously there’s nothing to like now. Owner Clark Hunt and Pioli chose Routt over Carr to save money and even though they’ve already cut ties with the former Raider, there’s no doubt in my mind they would make the same decision all over again if they had the chance.