When the Kansas City Chiefs signed former Oakland Raiders CB Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19.6 million deal, it was likely to be the replacement for free agent-to-be Brandon Carr.
In his first comments since news of the deal broke, head coach Romeo Crennel didn’t mention Carr but knows it’s important to have guys that know the division.
“He’s a talented player that has spent seven seasons in the AFC West,” Crennel said in a release. “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.”
It’s going to take a lot to replace Carr, but getting someone that is familiar with the teams you play the most is a good start. The fact that he will make significantly less than Carr is just a bonus for owner Clark Hunt.
I hate the idea of losing Carr, but after we see the deal he gets in free agency, it will be clear how big of a value Routt is for Crennel and this defense. He’s a step down — and one that bugs me to take — however at least the team brought someone in as a replacement instead of pocketing all of the money and just shifting Javier Arenas into the starting lineup.