The Vikings are among several teams that have shown an interest in recently released cornerback Stanford Routt, according to ESPNDallas.com.
Routt was released by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday and his agent, Vann McElroy, told ESPNDallas.com that Routt is scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills on Saturday and the Tennessee Titans early next week. The Vikings, Chiefs and Cowboys were among other teams that have shown an interest in Routt, who signed a five-year, $54.5 million contract with the Raiders last year and had $20 million guaranteed in the first two years.
Routt is considered a solid man-to-man coverage cornerback, but the Vikings are expected to continue with mostly zone concepts under new defensive coordinator Alan Williams. However, Williams, who is well-versed in the Cover-2/Tampa-2 defense the Vikings have primarily been running since 2006, pointed out at the Senior Bowl that Indianapolis often used safety Bob Sanders in the box, yet the Colts were still classified as running a Cover-2 defense. Williams coached defensive backs in Indianapolis before joining the Vikings last month.
Williams said he wanted to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' defenders before deciding too much about what type of changes he will make to the defense.
With Antoine Winfield turning 35 before the 2012 season, Cedric Griffin showing the wear and tear of two knee surgeries for torn anterior cruciate ligaments over a two-year period, and Chris Cook still dealing with his legal troubles, the Vikings' need for help in the secondary is pronounced.
Last year, Routt had four interceptions and 49 tackles. Over his seven-year career with the Raiders, he is credited with 237 tackles and 10 interceptions.
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Report: Vikings interested in CB Routt
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