Chiefs sign CB Routt

Posted Feb. 20, 2012 @ 3:05 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 3:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 20

Former Raiders CB Stanford Routt has signed with the Chiefs, the team announced on Monday.

Oakland released Routt on Feb. 9, the day before his base salary for 2012 was to be guaranteed. He had signed a three-year deal last March.

"Stanford has a proven record of success in the NFL," said head coach Romeo Crennel, according to the team. "He's a talented player that has spent seven seasons in the AFC West, 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."

"We are excited that we were able to come to terms with Stanford," said GM Scott Pioli. "He is a talented player, and as we have said in the past, we are always looking to add competition at every position year-round. Stanford's experience and level of play will make him a solid addition to our defense."

Routt met with the Bills and Bengals last week. According to Pro Football Talk, Routt's deal with Kansas City is worth $20 million over three seasons.

As Oakland's top corner last season, Routt had 49 tackles, 15 passes defensed and four interceptions in 16 games. He has missed only two games in his seven-year career and has 10 career picks.

The way we see it

Routt was the first casualty of the Raiders' new regime under GM Reggie McKenzie and he had his share of suitors coming off a solid season. The signing should give the Chiefs leverage with free-agent-to-be CB Brandon Carr.