OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Free agency may still be three weeks away, but there was some action on the free agent market on Monday. Cornerback Stanford Routt, who was let go by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month, agreed to a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. The deal is worth $19.6 million and has a $4 million signing bonus, according to Jason La Canfora.
Routt was never linked to the Lions, so this isn't really relevant to them, but it's interesting to me that he landed with the Chiefs. As speculated by John Clayton, this likely means that cornerback Brandon Carr will not be returning to Kansas City.
With more than $52 million of contracts tied up in CBs Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt, expect KC to let Brandon Carr walk— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) February 20, 2012
The Chiefs have come out and expressed their desire to bring Carr back, but it seems unlikely. The Flint native and one-time Grand Valley State Laker is likely headed elsewhere once free agency opens.
Of course, it's unlikely he will land in Detroit given the Lions' current cap situation. Things could always change depending on what happens with guys like Calvin Johnson, Cliff Avril and Stephen Tulloch, who are either in need of a restructured deal or a new deal. All I know is it'd be nice to see Carr in a Lions uniform, and if we're going to throw around Cortland Finnegan's name, we might as well mention Carr, too.