Offseason free agent Stanford Routt was waived by the Chiefs to make room for defensive tackle Shaun Smith. Routt signed a three-year, $18 million contract back in February. The deal contained $6 million guaranteed.
Routt has been underachieving in his new role with the Chiefs, and it appears the team may be entering a rebuilding mode after starting the season 1-7. Routt can be claimed on waivers by any team in the NFL, but they would then take on his 2012 salary and remaining contract. If Routt clears waivers, he becomes a free agent and the Chiefs are bound to his remaining salary this season. A team can then sign him to a new contract.
Even after adding Aqib Talib at the trade deadline, Routt may still be a worthy pickup for the Patriots. He may not be a starter, but his familiarity with Romeo Crennel‘s defense would help him as a role player in New England. The Patriots have experienced struggles in their secondary dating back to last season, and adding trusted veterans could help shore that up.
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