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Stanford Routt and his agent are shocked the Chiefs cut him


The Chiefs’ decision to cut cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday came as a surprise to Routt and his agent.

Vann McElroy, Routt’s agent, told the Kansas City Star he didn’t see the release coming and isn’t sure why it happened.

I’m still trying to figure it out,” McElroy said. “It’s a weird situation.”

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said that Routt wasn’t getting acclimated to the Chiefs’ defense as quickly as the team had hoped, but McElroy found it surprising that the Chiefs would give up on a player they just gave a $4.2 million signing bonus in March.

“I know they’re 1-7, and they’re looking for reasons . . . I have no clue what happened,” said McElroy. “I’ve got a call in to Scott [Pioli]. I talked to Stanford, and he’s about as surprised and shocked and down as one can be. He doesn’t totally understand it either.”

Although things didn’t work out in Kansas City, Routt had started seven games before the Chiefs cut him, and he was a starter the last two years in Oakland, too. A cornerback who’s good enough to start doesn’t become available in the middle of a season very often. So as big a surprise as it was that the Chiefs cut Routt, it will be an even bigger surprise if he remains unemployed for long.

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62 Responses to “Stanford Routt and his agent are shocked the Chiefs cut him”
  1. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 7, 2012 2:52 PM

    Why is it a shock Pioli doesn’t have a clue?

  2. hpeters77 says: Nov 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    welcome to the who dat family, we could use you

  3. cav2ya says: Nov 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    Eagles can sign him and cut Asugm…aosugma.. ya know, that really over priced, overrated CB we have…

  4. neikodog says: Nov 7, 2012 2:57 PM

    Detroit here he comes.

  5. det12 says: Nov 7, 2012 2:58 PM

    Come on Detroit put the call in we can use him with our depleted secondary

  6. jgrange says: Nov 7, 2012 2:59 PM

    Big surprise? He’s terrible. He’s a nickel back at best (no pun intended)

  7. FinFan68 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    Sounds like a production/chemistry/personality conflict issue to me. Romeo just stepped down as DC and named Gibbs. I bet Gibbs said Routt must go. Could be something he did/said or poor production. I have no idea how well or poorly he was playing.

  8. mpayne12 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    Skins should grab him. Even if he sucks I bet he’s still better than meanglo Hall.

  9. alucardsanigav says: Nov 7, 2012 3:02 PM

    I understand Tiki Barber is also flabbergasted.

  10. shackdelrio says: Nov 7, 2012 3:05 PM

    Other reactions to this news:

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted.

    Drew Brees needs an explanation

    Shad Khan is shocked and perplexed

    Kevin Demoff is amazed by angst

  11. patsfanvt says: Nov 7, 2012 3:05 PM

    I really hope he clears waivers and goes to the PATS

  12. hatesycophants says: Nov 7, 2012 3:07 PM

    Hey, FinFan68,

    Thanks so much for your contribution.

  13. shiftyjangles says: Nov 7, 2012 3:10 PM

    As a Raiders fan, I was shocked KC signed him. He’s a serviceable nickle DB at best.

  14. cannonballdookie says: Nov 7, 2012 3:10 PM

    I wish there were guaranteed contracts sometimes so moronic GM’s wouldn’t be able to get out of signing bad deals so easily. Why sign players to anything other than 1-2 year contracts if you aren’t going to honor them? Just give them guaranteed money upfront with one year deals, same difference.

  15. connorchew says: Nov 7, 2012 3:10 PM

    ok, so if the eagles get him he would be their best blocker. a MUST SIGN for the eagles.

  16. daysend564 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    Can he play safety? If he can, he won’t get past Dallas in waivers.

  17. openseason51 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    San Diego needs help and there is nothing better than to hire a player from a team in your division.

  18. xx4zu1 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    Usually when this happens the suspension letter follows shortly or some type of legal situation. Teams don’t typically throw money away like that.

  19. xx4zu1 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    Or it could be a situation where he is tossing his former team a bone interesting to see of he winds up in New England.

  20. bucbearpig says: Nov 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    Bucs! Get after him, if only for half the year until you can draft someone

  21. jbaxt says: Nov 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    Pioli is a fool!

  22. 69finfan says: Nov 7, 2012 3:23 PM

    He can not be any worse than Sean Smith. Give him a tryout Miami.

  23. rcali says: Nov 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    When you are going for the #1 pick in the draft you have to get rid of anybodythat could screw it up. That’s why Crennel is still the coach.

  24. anrgydeafman says: Nov 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    Stanford Routt,

    Be glad you got out of this mess.

    Why they never did the same thing for Cassel I will never understand…

  25. dukemarc says: Nov 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    Can he play the Tampa 2? Vikings should grab him since Cook is gone.

  26. beedubyatoo says: Nov 7, 2012 3:28 PM

    I believe the $4.2 mil signing bonus is guaranteed. His contract isn’t guaranteed, however.

  27. rayguyreturns says: Nov 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    Can’t believe how many people want this “toast” on their team. It’s obvious you never watched a Raider game when he played for them. The guy was #1 in penalties and couldn’t cover a $5 drink tab.

    Best move the new regime in Oakland made was to cut this clown. He cost us probably 3 games last season if not more. Another Al scholarship player. At least the Oakland 2cd teamer’s (both starting DB’s are injured) we have playing now are a lot less costly and as good or better than Routt.

    In K.C. Routt has been just as bad. I’m surprised it took them that many games to figure it out.

  28. mightymightylafootball says: Nov 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    Pioli’s Motto:

    It’s easy to make mistakes, when it’s someone else’s money…

  29. brutusmandingo says: Nov 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    he’ll be a Buccaneer!

  30. tcmiller30 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    I think Pioli knows what he’s doing. He’s a fine GM.

    I bet Rout signs with the Chiefs.

  31. blogatron2000 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    “A cornerback who’s good enough to start doesn’t become available in the middle of a season very often.”

    Agreed, but had you seen Routt play this year, you’d know that is not what happened.

  32. snaponrules says: Nov 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    Since we are talking the chiefs here.
    Could somebody tell me who the brain surgeon is who looked at the schedule and said… Chief’s vs Steelers….looks like a great MNF match up.
    This guy should be FIRED. The bottom dwelling chiefs should never be on prime time tv.

  33. 81buckeye says: Nov 7, 2012 3:38 PM

    Redskins? Can’t be worse than D. Hall can he?

  34. hendawg21 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    I have to say based on current situations and records he ends up in Washington.

  35. billhicks666 says: Nov 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    Texans need another serviceable corner, one who plays in nickel or dime packages.

  36. armyofbastards says: Nov 7, 2012 3:58 PM

    cav2ya says:
    Nov 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    Eagles can sign him and cut Asugm…aosugma.. ya know, that really over priced, overrated CB we have…


    Raiders will take Nnamdi back in whatever’s faster than a millisecond. The Eagles clearly haven’t used him properly. He was the 1B the Revis’ 1A in the shutdown corner department. Give him back to us. He belongs in the silver and black. Routt is just horrible. Takes too many risks, takes bad angles, isn’t instinctual, and plays a bit lazy.

  37. theronmexico says: Nov 7, 2012 4:03 PM

    snaponrules –

    I am fairly confindent the schedule is determined before the season starts, not during. At the end of last season the Chiefs were 1 blocked field goal away from winning their horrible division.

    On paper they looked good and a lot people picked them to win the AFC West this year and at this point in the season a rematch against Todd Haley should have been interesting…now it is going to be a horrible game for Chiefs fans.

    I can’t wait till week 15 when the Jets play the Titans…wait who scheduled that one!?

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    Jerry Reese needs to get on the phone ASAP.

  39. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 7, 2012 4:23 PM

    Detroit Lions? What are they waiting for?

  40. rdrs68 says: Nov 7, 2012 4:28 PM

    He should be happy that there was this guy named Al who took care of him.

  41. poprox13 says: Nov 7, 2012 4:38 PM

    For all you hoping your team signs him, be careful what you wish for!!!

  42. l1onhe4rt says: Nov 7, 2012 4:39 PM

    Welcome back to the silver and black!

  43. Matt says: Nov 7, 2012 4:50 PM

    If the Eagles replace Nnamdi with Routt then the late great Al Davis deserves a pass for replacing Nnamdi with Routt last year.

  44. jr4real says: Nov 7, 2012 4:57 PM

    Steelers should interview him at least. i mean they play the chiefs in 5 days.

  45. r8rnuck says: Nov 7, 2012 5:01 PM

    sometimes he can make some spectacular plays but more often than not he’s a penalty waiting to happen…in today’s nfl, his grabby hands aren’t received well by the refs. he will definitely be employed soon and he would provide terrific depth beyond the starting lineup.

  46. r8rnuck says: Nov 7, 2012 5:02 PM

    and no, he won’t be going back to oakland, our scholarship program ended in january 🙂

  47. geniusfan says: Nov 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    Routt has had a bad season, that’s why he was cut. He’s one of the most penalized cornerbacks in the NFL this year and gets picked on a ton with Flowers on the other side.

    Anybody who thinks Stanford Routt is going to save their team are sorely mistaken.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    I don’t need to be careful. Guys who failed in OAK and KC (Stevie Brown and Tynes, along with a couple of others) are studs here. I’ll take my chances on a 4.3 guy.

  49. EJ says: Nov 7, 2012 5:12 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Routt.

  50. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    Are you sure they aren’t flabbergasted? Like I was when the Chefs signed him?

    The guy is and always was terrible. I’ve seen every game he played for the Raiders. It doesn’t seem like he got any better playing for the Chefs.

  51. randallflagg52 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:18 PM

    Well the cowboys could always use another overrated corner to go along with Claibourne and Carr, so why not give Routt a shot?

  52. aldavisisthenfl says: Nov 7, 2012 5:22 PM

    Routt an d his agent were shocked??

    Think how shocked the Chiefs were when this expensive turd showed up at training camp…..

  53. stevincinci says: Nov 7, 2012 5:25 PM

    I see post from 31 other teams fans, so here’s mine. Go get him, Bengals.

  54. chief67 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:56 PM

    I wish somebody would hand me 4.2 million dollars and then tell me to get out !

  55. djaehne says: Nov 7, 2012 6:57 PM

    Just sue the NFL for wrongful dismissal. Dosen’t matter if its covered in the CBA, its in vogue. You’ll win, eventually.

  56. souldogdave says: Nov 7, 2012 7:06 PM

    He isn’t a good player. Why do you think the Raiders dumped him?

  57. natelan69 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:27 PM

    They fired the wrong guy in the picture.

    Romeo has Norv-itis. Great coordinator, awful HC.

  58. d2thejr says: Nov 7, 2012 8:01 PM

    Please tell me what is going on with the Chiefs! You cut a guy that had started every game you’ve played with horrible backups behind him and you cut your starter, you know the one you’ve been starting and playing this whole time so now to make things better your now going to start Javier Arenas or Jalil Brown or Travis Daniels…. for everybody who doesnt know who this people are and you shouldnt because they dont do anything, they are a horrible at man coverage… The only reasonable explaination i have is that the Chiefs are just gonna go zone the whole game because if these coaches think that these there guys can man cover than maybe i should apply as the next Chiefs head coach!!!!!!!

  59. rg3andthensome says: Nov 7, 2012 8:26 PM

    Come on over to DC…We will appreciate all the help that we can get.

  60. admin says: Nov 7, 2012 9:17 PM

    Stanford Routt got burned like toast at setting 9 all year. He deserved to go.

  61. 1standinches says: Nov 7, 2012 10:30 PM

    Redskins are crazy if they dont sign this guy, their secondary is awful.

  62. blacksunday1 says: Nov 7, 2012 10:42 PM

    He’s always getting burned in coverage in Oaktown..What a waste of money!..He could just retire and enjoy all the millions he unearned like Jafatass Russel.

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