Routt stays in AFC West, signs with Chiefs

Routt stays in AFC West, signs with Chiefs
February 20, 2012, 7:06 pm
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Just when the Raiders thought they had seen the last of Stanford Routt, the cornerback has resurfaced in Oakland's division.Routt signed a reported three-year, 20-million contract, including a 4-million signing bonus, with Kansas City on Monday so the Raiders will see the man-to-man specialist twice a season.This 11 days after the Raiders unceremoniously and unexpectedly cut Routt on Feb. 9, thus saving some 5 million in salary. Routt last year was signed by the late Al Davis to a three-year, 31.5-million contract, with 20 million guaranteed, before re-structuring to a five-year, 54.5 million deal in training camp.

Routt, Oakland's second-round draft choice in 2005 out of Houston, also reportedly visited Buffalo and Cincinnati before choosing to stay in the AFC West with the Chiefs.Last season, Routt had a career-high four interceptions but he gave up eighth touchdown passes and his "burn rate" rose to 47.4 percent a year after being among the league leaders with a 39.4 percent in 2010. He was also the NFL's most penalized player in the NFL in drawing 17 flags, including nine in the last three games. And Routt's 17 penalties -- eight for holding, seven for pass interference, one for illegal use of hands and a personal foul -- almost matched Green Bay's defense.