Earlier this week, it was reported that the Detroit Lions were one of a few teams with interest in cornerback Stanford Routt, who became a free agent after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs and clearing waivers. That interest is legitimate, as Routt is scheduled to visit the Lions on Friday, according to Adam Caplan.
On Thursday, Pro Football Talk reported that Routt was set to visit an unnamed NFC team this week and an unnamed AFC team on Monday. The Lions are that unnamed NFC team, meaning that if they want to sign him, they probably shouldn't let him take his next visit. In other words, make him an offer now rather than later.
I'm really not sure what to think about Routt. Obviously he has some talent, but he hasn't exactly performed at a high level this season. The Oakland Raiders cut him in the offseason, and the Chiefs, which are one of the worst teams in the NFL, cut him this week. Is there still some untapped potential that would make him worth bringing in? I guess the Lions will have to figure that out when he visits.
If the Lions do decide to sign Routt, they will have to clear a couple spots on the roster for cornerbacks in the next week. I say that because Drayton Florence is set to return next week from injured reserve. If the Lions also decide to add Routt, two players will need to be let go to make room for both of them.