Routt inks with Chiefs

Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt isn't leaving the AFC West. Routt joined the Kansas City Chiefs, signing a three-year, $19.6 million contract.

Routt is due $11 million in total compensation in 2012, including a $4 million bonus in March.

"Stanford has a proven record of success in the NFL," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said in a statement released by the team. "He's a talented player that has spent seven seasons in the AFC West, so he is familiar with us and our division opponents. We are excited to have Stanford join the team, and we are looking forward to getting started."

Routt is still owed $5 million next month from the Raiders, who released him after the first year of a $54.4 million, five-year deal. Routt also visited the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals.

And he chose the Chiefs over competing offers from Buffalo and Cincinnati.

"We are excited that we were able to come to terms with Stanford," Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said in a statement. "He is a talented player, and as we have said in the past, we are always looking to add competition at every position year-round. Stanford's experience and level of play will make him a solid addition to our defense."

Routt is expected to assume a starting job with cornerback Brandon Carr likely to leave via free agency.

Acquiring Routt increases the chances the Chiefs would use the franchise tag to retain wide receiver Dwayne Bowe instead of Carr.

Last season, the Chiefs signed cornerback Brandon Flowers to a five-year, $52.5 million contract. And free safety Eric Berry is under a five-year $60 million deal that included $34 million in guaranteed money.

Routt also drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.

The speedy 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has recorded 201 career tackles, 10 interceptions, 52 pass deflections, two sacks and one forced fumble.

He registered a career-high four interceptions and 15 pass deflections last season, but also allowed eight touchdown passes. That tied him for the second-most in the NFL.

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