As soon as the Kansas City Chiefs released cornerback Stanford Routt, many did not believe that it would take the free agent too long to find a new team. As he has now cleared waivers, it appears to be a matter of when he will choose his next team, although there seems to be no shortage of suitors.
Routt is in a win-win situation as things stand. His release from Kansas City may have been the best thing that could have happened to him, as he can collect the rest of the money owed to him this season by the Chiefs, as well as choose another team to sign with for the remainder of 2012. That can be any team, and perhaps one that Routt can help reach the postseason and beyond.
The three teams who are rumored to be going after Routt with the most aggression are believed to be the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins. Judging by need, the Dolphins rank the lowest by far of the three aforementioned teams in terms of passing yards allowed per game. Miami ranks 30th in the entire league, allowing just under 300 yards per game, and allowed Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts to set a rookie passing record by beating them for 433 yards through the air last Sunday.
While Arizona and Detroit could also use the services of Routt, they are likely not the only team who could inquire to whether he may want to play with them for the final five or six games of the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should certainly make a pitch, especially after trading Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots at the NFL Trade Deadline. The Bucs allow more yards through the air per game than any other team this season. It would be a logical destination.
It would also make sense for the Patriots to do their due diligence when it comes to Routt, even having already acquired Talib. You can never have enough help in the defensive backfield. Just ask the New York Giants, who should also look into signing Routt.
Other teams who could be a good fit include the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.