OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders tackles Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriot after an eleven yard gain in the first quarter of an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
It's official: Stanford Routt is coming to the Kansas City Chiefs. After multiple reports that the Chiefs picked up Routt, Josh Looney of the Chiefs official website reported that the team has confirmed the move -- Routt is a Chief.
Looney is tweeting a few tidbits out from head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli.
Crennel says he likes Routt's proven track record of success, as well as his familiarity with the Raiders and the AFC West. That makes a lot of sense and it's one of the big pluses to the Routt signing -- he knows a third of the Chiefs schedule really well.
Pioli said he's look to create more competition at all positions. Keeping Brandon Carr in KC would make for some great competition but by all indications Carr is going to hit the open market and, more than likely, sign somewhere else.
I need a little longer to wrap my head around this. There are definitely some positives to this move but it changes how I look at the Chiefs free agency plans quite a bit.