The Detroit Lions have received better than expected play from their cornerbacks but that doesn’t mean the position should be considered settled. That’s why the Kansas City Chiefs’ release of cornerback Stanford Routt is so intriguing.
Routt cleared waivers and is now a free agent. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Lions are one of at least three teams showing interest with the Cardinals and Dolphins as the other two mentioned.
The Lions don’t have much room under the salary cap but it isn’t likely that Routt is looking for big money at this point. He may not have survived the first year of this three-year deal with the Chiefs but he still received a $4 million signing bonus. At this point, it makes more sense for Routt to pursue the place where he is most likely to succeed and that very well could be with the Lions.
One thing the Lions have to offer is playing time. Routt may not have been performing at a high level but he was regarded as a possible upgrade over Eric Wright in the offseason and injuries have depleted the depth of cornerbacks on the Lions roster. At this point, Routt only needs to be better than a guy like Don Carey.
Of the three teams named above, the Lions are the most established of the three and could offer Routt the best chance of showcasing the skills he has remaining on a big stage. The rest of the season should be about damage control for Routt and the best way to regain a good reputation is to play well in meaningful games. Combine the possibility of a playoff appearance and three remaining games on national television and the only conclusion to draw is that the Lions offer the best opportunity.