Vann McElroy, agent for former Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt, was as mystified as anyone concerning the release of his client on Monday.
“I’m still trying to figure it out,” McElroy said on Tuesday. “It’s a weird situation.”
Routt, signed as a free agent during the offseason as the replacement for Brandon Carr, started the first seven games before missing last Thursday night’s game at San Diego for what the Chiefs listed as a hamstring injury.
Though he was often targeted by the opposition and surrendered several touchdown passes, he also had two interceptions, tied for the team lead.
“I know they’re 1-7, and they’re looking for reasons I have no clue what happened,” said McElroy. “I’ve got a call in to Scott (Pioli). I talked to Stanford, and he’s about as surprised and shocked and down as one can be. He doesn’t totally understand it either.”
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said the decision to release Routt was based on reasons such as the “relationship wasn’t progressing as quickly or as fast as I wanted to” and “the transition was taking a little bit longer than I thought it was going to take, so we just felt like it was time to part ways.”
Routt, 29, received a $4.2 million signing bonus and as a vested veteran who made the opening-day roster, he will still receive all of his $1.8 million salary, even if he’s not claimed by another team.
“You pay a guy $5 million and really, from his coverage standpoint, he’s played really well,” McElroy said. “He’s had three plays that weren’t good but one of them (at Tampa Bay), he had the guy covered on the fade, and the guy jumped over his head and made a ridiculous catch. You can’t have a guy covered any better than that.
“This was about as random in my 30 years as it gets. We’ll see if he gets claimed on waivers. I’ve had a couple of texts from teams. It would be a wise claim for someone, because they’re not getting into guaranteed money.”