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Stanford Routt's Big Payday with the Chiefs

It has just been reported that Stanford Routt has signed a contract with the Chiefs for 3-years at $19.6 million. The deal includes a $4 million dollar signing bonus, and he is scheduled to make $6 million in his first year. This is on top of money he is still owed by the Raiders, who cut him despite still owing him $5 million for the 2012-2013 season as a result of a contract extension that guaranteed him $20 million over two season. For those not keeping track, that results in Routt “earning” $30 million in two years of play, one of which saw him get beat for 8 TD’s, placing him 2’nd worst in the league in that department, and the other of which has yet to be played.

I know speed is always looked upon as an asset, especially amongst coaches and owners, and perhaps I’m just not familiar enough with his play to make a true judgement, but this guy doesn’t seem to be quite the player his contracts would lead us to believe. It should also be noted that despite apparent interest from the Titans Front Office, Routt never did make the trip over here.

Also of note is how much cash the Chiefs have invested in their secondary. Next year sees bases of roughly $6 million, $6 million, and $5 million be paid out to Routt, Flowers, and Berry. Those three combined contracts, taking into account performance and off-season bonuses, amount to 14 years and $130 million (Routt: 3 yrs/$20 mil – Flowers: 6 yrs/$50 mil – Berry: 5 yrs/$60 mil) for an average of 9.29 mil per season. We shall see if the their secondary becomes as dangerous as the contracts should dictate.

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