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Stanford Routt clears waivers

Romeo Crennel, Stanford Routt AP

The agent for cornerback Stanford Routt was shocked by the Chiefs’ decision to cut him.  The agent likely is perplexed, then, by the fact that no one claimed Routt’s contract on waivers.

That’s precisely what happened, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

As a result, Routt becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team.  He also will be entitled to collect the balance of his $1.8 million base salary from the Chiefs as termination pay — and to keep what he gets paid by another team.

Given the $5 million guaranteed he received this year from the Raiders and the $6 million he’ll get from the Chiefs, getting $11 million to be fired twice in one year isn’t a bad deal.

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61 Responses to “Stanford Routt clears waivers”
  1. txspartan95 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    Welcome to Detroit Mr. Routt. You will be starting Sunday so suit up quickly.

  2. elgaffo says: Nov 7, 2012 5:36 PM

    now THAT is a golden parachute!

  3. baddegg says: Nov 7, 2012 5:36 PM

    Why don’t the Redskins sign him? Their secondary can’t get any worse…

  4. iprobablybangyouruglyasswife says: Nov 7, 2012 5:36 PM

    Mike Tannenbaum desperate signing?

  5. jrfrom508 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Most likely won’t happen but I’d love to see him in that New England backfield!!!

    Let’s see it BB

  6. sadskinsfan89 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:38 PM

    Redskins please give him a shot. It cant get any worse

  7. 3yardsndust says: Nov 7, 2012 5:41 PM

    Sign him, pay him, cut him. Does anyone in Kansas City know their ass from a stapler?

  8. egreen4590 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:41 PM

    Hopefully Vince Young isn’t his financial advisor.

  9. chattanola says: Nov 7, 2012 5:45 PM

    “getting $11 million to be fired twice in one year”

    I am amazed at how amazed I am that such circumstances can exist in the world of sports.

    What’s wrong with his play that he’d be offered this much money and then fail to earn it on the field?

    He’s a starter, right?

    [mind boggles]

  10. gooch80 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:45 PM

    From what I saw out of him (small sample, I admit) he was getting burned worse than D-Hall! Not shocking that someone didn’t put a claim in for him. They’re trying to get him cheaper than that re-donk contract the Chefs (i know) signed him to.

  11. mauldawg says: Nov 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    Just goes to show you that players are way over paid.That is one reason I dont watch much pro football anymore.Look at the money some of these players make and then look at production.
    Need to go back to the days of $100,000 players in all sports.The real american hero’s dont make squat for what they do.

  12. jbaxt says: Nov 7, 2012 5:47 PM

    Pioli will clear waivers as well…

    The NE tree doesn’t produce very good offspring. Though the Belichick teat is clearly priceless.

  13. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 7, 2012 5:49 PM

    It’s funny how being a really bad cornerback can pay off!

    This scrub might end up being paid by three different NFL teams this season.

    And two of them are paying him to be somewhere else….

  14. jrock3x8 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:52 PM

    “getting $11 million to be fired twice in one year”

    this makes me sad.

  15. pettergriffen says: Nov 7, 2012 5:56 PM

    im shocked hes shocked…

  16. jimmylions says: Nov 7, 2012 5:57 PM

    Lions are hurting for CBs … if he still wants to play we may have an interest. I haven’t heard Mayhew’s views on him.

    But he’s gonna have to take a major pay cut.

  17. randomguy9999 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    so the guy was starting on a decent contract then gets cut as a complete surprise to everyone midseason…

    and now he clears waivers too?

    something is up…. some of you sports reporters figure out what he did or didn’t do….

  18. rg3andout says: Nov 7, 2012 6:00 PM

    he will sign with the redskins and be like the titanic, all go down with the broken ship, driven by rg3-6

  19. war27 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:09 PM

    He’s shocked?

    Did he not see Moore running by him a few times a week or so ago?

    No he didn’t. It was obvious. We know he had to see tape to know where the hell the guy was he should have been covering.

  20. starfan79 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:13 PM

    He made $10 million more than what the NFL donated to clean up the Sandy relief efforts and now he will be on the Obama plan.. Something ain’t right with that.

  21. shorttracknews says: Nov 7, 2012 6:14 PM

    @randomguy9999…

    He cleared waivers cause nobody wants to pick up the contract he signed. Why would anyone claim him when they can get him on the cheap after clearing waivers?

  22. seahawks4alltime says: Nov 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    “The real american hero’s dont make squat for what they do.”

    We salute you Mr. Pretends-to-not-watch-much-pro-football-anymore-then-spends-all-day-reading-pro-football-talk-website.

    Real men of genius.

  23. geniusfan says: Nov 7, 2012 6:20 PM

    “Most likely won’t happen but I’d love to see him in that New England backfield!!!

    Let’s see it BB”

    I don’t want him. The Patriots just traded for a talented cornerback in Aqib Talib why bring in a guy who can’t cut it for the Chiefs?

    I’m not sure why everybody think this guy is that good. He’s not a scapegoat everybody in Kansas City is losing their jobs this year releasing a corner who is at the top of the league in penalties committed and who constantly gets picked on won’t change that.

  24. twelvesbelt says: Nov 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    You are worth what someone will pay you. If you’re not signing his checks, why would you care what he makes? His salary doesn’t lessen your net income.

  25. kileyj83 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:26 PM

    You guys realize he’s the 99th rated CB this year so far? Everyone thinks he can improve any secondary right now, he might actually make your team worse.

  26. Stiller43 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:26 PM

    Mauldog,

    The real heroes dont make hundreds of millions of dollars for other people (the players respective team owner).

    I agree it’s messed up, but until people go out in tens of thousands (and pay premium prices) to watch firemen save a house, or police make a bust, or go buy their licensed merchandise, etc., the real heroes wont be paid how they “should” vs someone who can run fast and catch a ball.

  27. patsfanvt says: Nov 7, 2012 6:30 PM

    sign him pats, please sign him.

  28. nytitancl says: Nov 7, 2012 6:30 PM

    Overpaid? When the risks mean that any one play can mean the end of a career? Get what you can while you can…

  29. blogatron2000 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:31 PM

    “The agent for cornerback Stanford Routt was shocked by the Chiefs’ decision to cut him. ”

    But he’s not shocked by the fact that he’s making a mint off of a lousy CB…go figure.

  30. EJ says: Nov 7, 2012 6:36 PM

    Buffalo was looking at him in February, not sure why they didn’t pull the trigger? Maybe they didn’t like what they seen in Routt? He is probably a different type of player when he is faced with stiff competition. One of those practice scene wonders.

  31. stevincinci says: Nov 7, 2012 6:38 PM

    Wow, that’s all I can say. 11 mill. And my kid wanted to be an electrician. He was 6’5 and 210 when he was a junior in high school and didn’t play sports because it took up to much time. Like I said, wow.

  32. denverdude7 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:48 PM

    The Raiders and Chiefs both thought he was good. The rest of the NFL thought he wasn’t.

    That sums up why the Raiders and Chiefs will be watching the playoffs from their Lazy Boys again this year.

  33. bordner says: Nov 7, 2012 6:50 PM

    $11M.

    Just think how much he could make if he was any good at his job.

  34. dabears212 says: Nov 7, 2012 6:52 PM

    Better start packing for Detroit…

  35. jaggedmark says: Nov 7, 2012 7:04 PM

    Raiders organization is so dumb, they’ll probably re-sign him.

  36. hpeters77 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:07 PM

    wow, 11 millions for being fired twice in a year. I need to hang around this guy because when i get fired im in debt. Routt call my agent (my agent is your agent, because we about to get paid)

  37. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 7, 2012 7:11 PM

    Jeff Ireland wants to know what his mom does for a living.

  38. villa41 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:16 PM

    Here’s the deal on Routt. He isn’t a very good player period. I took him 5 years in the league to become a starter. When he did he was playing opposite Nnamdi Asomugha and, because of that, generally covered the opposing team’s second receiver. He didn’t do that all that well, and played horribly when he became the #1 corner last year when Nnamdi left.

    He’s never tackled well, and above everything else he is a me first guy. He’s more concerned with his individual stats than how the D is playing. More than anything I would bet money it’s his attitude as to why the Raiders and Chiefs cut him. That’s also the reason the Raiders don’t want him back when they are so banged up at corner. That alone should tell you a lot. Good luck to any team that’s picks up this joker.

  39. sactogary says: Nov 7, 2012 7:20 PM

    Seriously? He’s not good enough to be second string – for the Chiefs????

  40. mjkelly77 says: Nov 7, 2012 7:30 PM

    starfan79 says:Nov 7, 2012 6:13 PM

    He made $10 million more than what the NFL donated to clean up the Sandy relief efforts and now he will be on the Obama plan.. Something ain’t right with that.
    _________________

    You mean the Romney plan? Cat ain’t worked for 10 years and made $20 million last year while only paying a 14% tax rate. And that was overstated since he gave $4 million to the magic underwear wearers but only claimed $2 million. Effective tax rate was probably really 12% but he did it pre-emptively since he planned on running. 12% tax rate is less than most restaurant servers pay. He sure bamboozled a lot of racist rednecks to get 49% of the popular vote.

  41. realitypolice says: Nov 7, 2012 7:51 PM

    Something seems very odd about this. I mean, the guy was starting, and now not a single NFL teams wants him a WEEK later?

    Why do I sense a possible leaked failed drug test with a suspension about to drop?

  42. 1standinches says: Nov 7, 2012 7:59 PM

    Its a blessing, good for him

  43. hpeters77 says: Nov 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    mjkelly77 says:Nov 7, 2012 7:30 PM

    starfan79 says:Nov 7, 2012 6:13 PM

    He made $10 million more than what the NFL donated to clean up the Sandy relief efforts and now he will be on the Obama plan.. Something ain’t right with that.
    _________________

    You mean the Romney plan? Cat ain’t worked for 10 years and made $20 million last year while only paying a 14% tax rate. And that was overstated since he gave $4 million to the magic underwear wearers but only claimed $2 million. Effective tax rate was probably really 12% but he did it pre-emptively since he planned on running. 12% tax rate is less than most restaurant servers pay. He sure bamboozled a lot of racist rednecks to get 49% of the popular vote.

    __________________________________

    I hate to agree with you but your right

  44. txxxchief says: Nov 7, 2012 8:37 PM

    Stanford “Disco Inferno” Routt.

  45. n0hopeleft says: Nov 7, 2012 9:23 PM

    You mean the Romney plan? Cat ain’t worked for 10 years and made $20 million last year while only paying a 14% tax rate. And that was overstated since he gave $4 million to the magic underwear wearers but only claimed $2 million. Effective tax rate was probably really 12% but he did it pre-emptively since he planned on running. 12% tax rate is less than most restaurant servers pay. He sure bamboozled a lot of racist rednecks to get 49% of the popular vote.

    ___________________________________

    WRONG.

    We’re talking about Routt…
    Stanford Routt did work, just not to your standard (which is your opinion). Why should he be taxed more for working in a position that’s a higher value in America (NFL Player – and higher value by your own country’s choice, judging by TV ratings) than a restaurant server?

    It’s not his fault he made the most of his life, while some of you want to collect free handouts for the rest of yours.

  46. yanks33 says: Nov 7, 2012 9:37 PM

    Cowboys should drop Scandricks ass and sign Routt

  47. jrfrom508 says: Nov 7, 2012 10:26 PM

    Geniusfan- at the risk of patronizing you, I’m fairly aware that we’ve signed Aqib TAlib, and (bring on nay-sayers) I believe he is instantly our best DB. That being said….. The patriots cannot have enough of ‘em. I say kick the damn tires on Routt and if BB sees something, add him. He may not be looking for break-the-bank contract and maybe wants to play for a contender. We can use him, for sure.

    Long story short, if your content with our DB depth….. You’re one optimistic dude.

  48. jrfrom508 says: Nov 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    You’re

    Damn it

  49. blacksunday1 says: Nov 7, 2012 10:44 PM

    With $11 million he made this year..please fire me!

  50. raideralex99 says: Nov 8, 2012 12:41 AM

    Any team that does sign him now … should fired their GM.

  51. willowy2k says: Nov 8, 2012 12:48 AM

    or he can just sit back and collect unemployment…

  52. mullman76 says: Nov 8, 2012 1:31 AM

    @denverdude7: Routt was released by the RAIDERS when the new regime took over after Al Davis passed. That was the first move Big Reg made.

    Please refrain from lumping the RAIDERS in with the chiefs- apples and oranges.

    Also, you and the other haters are going to have to come up with some new material regarding the RAIDERS- Al Davis is gone, a new GM and HC are in place- the only thing that remains from Al are the Silver and Black, the rest is brand new.

    Pay attention haters…

  53. hannahsdaddy says: Nov 8, 2012 1:56 AM

    I liken Mr. Routt to a TURD. It’s looks and tastes good when you initially eat the food, then it enters your stomach and begins to get broken down. Next it turns to crap and is dumped out to the world where everybody stands and looks at it with a disgusted face.

  54. unomasmore says: Nov 8, 2012 2:05 AM

    Why Detroit txspartan95? Cause that is where guys who no longer should be receiving checks work?

    #Auto-Bailout

  55. blanchonegro says: Nov 8, 2012 2:11 AM

    I see him heading to Buffalo.

  56. souldogdave says: Nov 8, 2012 2:48 AM

    Routt always sucked.

  57. joetoronto says: Nov 8, 2012 4:42 AM

    Even more puzzling is how the Chiefs won a game this year.

  58. boyshole25 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:56 AM

    Any skins fan that wants this guy Think d hall Tons of natural potential that just doesn’t translate to the field

  59. lawyermalloy says: Nov 8, 2012 5:39 AM

    Only in America!

  60. djjackson81 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:05 PM

    Detroit,Miami,and Arizona one of them gets him

  61. djjackson81 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:06 PM

    Detroit,Arizona,or Miami get him.

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