The Bengals might have gotten a boost in their pursuit of Routt on Friday with the hiring of former Oakland head coach Hue Jackson as a defensive-backs and special-teams assistant.
Though Jackson has an offensive background, I fully expect that he will try to sell Routt on working with him again. Going to a team where his former head coach is employed may appeal to Routt.
Routt will meet with the Bengals after visiting the Bills and the Chiefs; he spent two days with Kansas City this week. I wouldn’t think the Chiefs are out of the Routt picture because he is visiting another team. Routt, cut by Oakland last week, is in a position of strength. Because free agency starts March 13, the 28-year-old can take his time and make several visits while weighing his options.
The Jackson hire in Cincinnati adds a new wrinkle to Routt’s decision.
In other AFC West news:
Tebow-mania hit the UCLA campus this week as Tim Tebow worked on his mechanics there this week with Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Mark Kreidler has a column on the never-ending quest to fix Tebow’s mechanics.
In an Insider piece, ESPN’s Chris Sprow offers suggestions on what the Broncos should do with Tebow and other thoughts on the needs of the other three teams in the AFC West.