Chiefs Ax Stanford Routt

From the Truman Sports Complex

Head coach Romeo Crennel made the startling announcement early Monday afternoon that the Chiefs have released starting right cornerback Stanford Routt.

Signed as a free agent after he was released by the Oakland Raiders in a salary cap move in the 2012 off-season, Routt started seven of the Chiefs first eight games, missing only last Thursday’s game in San Diego with a hamstring injury.

“Sometimes you have relationships and you try to make them work, hope they work and you anticipate they are going to work, but this relationship wasn’t progressing as quickly and fast as I wanted it too,” said Crennel. “I decided to make the change and we released him today.

“Other guys are going to have to step up and move forward with that.”

Crennel said the release of Routt was not a disciplinary measure and he isn’t trying to send any messages with the move. The coach said that to “his knowledge” Routt was no problem in the locker room.

“The transition was taking a little bit longer than I thought it was going to take, so we felt it was time to part ways,” Crennel said. “He was trying to do what we were talking to him about, but it was taken a little bit long.

“I said all along that he was trying to learn the system and trying to adapt. He was making some progress at that, but I needed it to be faster. I thought it would be faster. It wasn’t happening, so I made the move.”

Third-year CB Javier Arenas started in Routt’s spot against San Diego last week and will remain there this week. Crennel also mentioned Jalil Brown as a possible replacement.

Stepping into the open roster spot is DL Shaun Smith, who spent the 2010 season with the Chiefs and played in 2011 with the Tennessee Titans. Smith was released back in August by the Titans.

“He understands our system and what I want,” Crennel said of Smith. “He might be able to help us.”

10 Responses to “Chiefs Ax Stanford Routt”

  • November 5, 2012  - David says:

    So much for the Brilliant Personnel Judgment that signing Routt would be better than paying a couple of extra million per year to Brandon Carr.

  • November 5, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Here I was expecting Romeo to be sacrificed to atone for the 1-7. I was hoping it’d be Pioli but considered that to be wishful thinking.

    So it’s Routt. That is shocking. Not so much as he didn’t deserve it, but what it says to the franchise. Wow. But is it really his fault that they let Carr walk and hired him? Is he really the problem? And if we really want to correct some free agency’s screw ups, why not dump the dumb ass Winston that is making Barry Richardson look good. Plus talks way too much.

    Kinda sad that the front office is producing more excitement than the team.

  • November 5, 2012  - R W says:

    Smacks of those re-arrangement deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • November 5, 2012  - el cid says:

    Could I add, Routt was a possible nickel back or dime package guy. I NEVER liked him to replace Carr but to dump him and make Arena or some other stiff a CB starter is nuts. Demote Routt but you keep him on the roster fill in.

    Sorry just another dumbass move by Pioli or Crennel. Try to shut up the fans until the corner gets burnt over and over.

    Still do not like Routt but he could have been a nickle or injury replacement.

  • November 5, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Cid, cutting Routt saves over a million per game. That buys a lot of soccer players. Good vibes in Dallas tonight.

  • November 5, 2012  - TimR says:

    He was occasionally doggin’ it. That could infect everybody else. Besides, he was not that good. While I agree we don’t really have anybody else, its best to let him go. He may not have been bad in the locker room, but other players can see how he plays & that is just as bad.

  • November 5, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Tim, if you’re going to cut everybody that’s doggin’it, you better plan on dressing the cheerleaders, the drumline, and that stupid fat wolf or whatever. I agree with what you said. We need to get rid of anybody not trying. But I think that means we also have to cut Clark Hunt.

    Good luck there.

  • November 5, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    This move has a “bad smell” to it for some reason. You sign a guy to a 19.6 million dollar deal for 3 years and then you cut him 8 games into the first season. Fishy bad smell to it.

  • November 5, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I complained about the Routt signing when we made it. He led he league in interference penalties and has always had a penchant for dumb penalties, boneheaded plays and getting beat at some of the worst times. Others felt it was an even swap for Carr who was a quality corner, always gave it his all and was a model citizen. I worked with a guy from Flint who grew up with Carr and his brother and he always said what a great athlete and person he is. Now we have nothing except more money in Hunt’s pocket for the remainder of the year. Great move Chiefs! Sheesh!

  • November 6, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    jfw- good posts until you attacked KC Wolf. That’s just sad. He is a HOF mascot that does lots of charity and goodwill stuff.
    Sad for you.

    Routt the fall guy? I lost all my respect for Romeo. J Brown absolutely sucks in all areas. He is one of the dumbest special teams players we have ever had. And Romeo keep him? IDIOT

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