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.”