The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded away suspended cornerback Aqib Talib last week and now faces the loss of free agent CB acquisition Eric Wright for four games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must put in a waiver wire claim for veteran corner Stanford Routt. Routt was signed this offseason by the Kansas City Chiefs after being cut by the Oakland Raiders, but the Chiefs are a complete disaster this season.
Routt inked a deal worth $20 million over three seasons with the Chiefs and was released this afternoon in order to create a roster position for DT Shaun Smith. The move to outright release Routt is somewhat surprising, then again the Chiefs have become a trainwreck this season. Kansas City has not led any minute of any game they have played this season.
The Buccaneers now find themselves at 4-4 and in the mix for a possible wildcard berth. CB Leonard Johnson has been filling in admirably, but he is a rookie corner and the Buccaneers have two games remaining facing Matt Ryan, and games against Drew Brees, Michael Vick and Peyton Manning in Denver. Veteran help in the secondary could be advantageous.
Tampa Bay might have a good chance at snagging him off the waiver wire. They have salary cap space and could absorb his remaining contract for this season. I don’t see too many teams below the Buccaneers at this point in the season making a move for a corner that comes with a nearly $2 million dollar salary.
If the Buccaneers are serious about making a possible push for a playoff berth this season, they need to put in a claim for Routt.
16-year veteran Ronde Barber has put up another solid year this season playing in the safety position, but it will be a little too much to ask him to move into the slot position on the corner and cover opposing wide receivers at this point in his career. CB E.J. Biggers is routinely getting schooled by opposing receivers.
Signing Routt off the waiver wire comes with low risk, high reward for the coming weeks.