Monday, November 5, 2012
What's the market for Stanford Routt?
By Bill Williamson
We have seen this before.
On election night 2008, the Oakland Raiders cut cornerback DeAngelo Hall after eight games with the team. Oakland traded two draft picks and gave Hall a big extension that offseason.
Now, four years later, on the eve of election day, the Kansas City Chiefs have pulled the plug on cornerback Stanford Routt eight games into a three-year deal. Routt was cut by the Raiders, following the 2011 season, before signing with the Chiefs.
As Hall did (he ended up with the Redskins), Routt will likely find a new job quickly. I’d be surprised if Routt is claimed Tuesday because of his big contract, but I can see him being popular on the open market. I’m sure there will be teams interested in him on a short-term deal because cornerbacks are at a premium and Routt could fit in as a borderline starter or nickel cornerback in several places around the league. Among the teams that could use a cornerback include Detroit, Minnesota, Washington, Tampa Bay, Miami, Baltimore and the Jets.
Could Routt also find a home within the AFC West? Sure, I could see it.
San Diego could use a solid cornerback. Depending on Tracy Porter’s health, Denver could be interested in a veteran, but I’d say the Chargers are more likely to look at Routt than Denver. Oakland has a bigger need at the position, but Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday the team has not discussed signing Routt. They clearly feel comfortable about their decision to cut him in February.