Cornerback Stanford Routt was surprisingly released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week. Ever since then, there has been a lot of talk about where he will land. While it may say a lot about Routt that the Chiefs felt he was expendable, interest seems to be picking up in Routt, who has cleared waivers and is a free agent.
There has especially been a lot of talk about Routt amongst Detroit Lions fans ever since the Chiefs released him. The Lions could use a boost in depth and talent at cornerback, but the fact that he was let go by one of the worst teams in the NFL made me a bit skeptical about the idea that Detroit would be all that interested. As it turns out, there may in fact be some interest in Routt from the Lions, according to Jason La Canfora.
Free agent CB Stanford Routt drawing interest from teams including Miami, Arizona and Detroit. Was released by KC and cleared waivers Tues— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 7, 2012
Currently, the Lions have Chris Houston, Jacob Lacey, Jonte Green and Alphonso Smith at cornerback. With Drayton Florence set to return next week, the Lions will actually have some pretty good depth at cornerback. Houston has been solid this season, and Green has come a long way during his rookie year. Lacey just recently returned from missing time due to a concussion, and Smith has been okay since he re-signed with the team.
Personally, I don't see room for a guy like Routt, who really wasn't all that impressive in Kansas City. Both the Oakland Raiders and Chiefs have cut him this year, and he appears to be trending downward as a cornerback in the NFL. I wouldn't be shocked if the Lions end up bringing him in to serve as extra depth, but at this point I would rather go with the guys currently on the team since Florence is returning soon.
What do you think? Should the Lions pursue Routt?