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Stanford Routt visits Lions, leaves without contract

Free agent cornerback Stanford Routt met with the Detroit Lions on Friday, but did not sign a contract with the club. Routt was released by the Chiefs earlier this week.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Just days after getting released by the Kansas City Chiefs, free agent cornerback Stanford Routt met with the Detroit Lions earlier this week. The veteran did not sign a contract, although it appears as though there is mutual interest between club and player.

Should he sign there, Routt would provide an immediate impact for a Lions club which has had problems in the secondary all season long. Through eight games, Detroit has used eight different combinations in the defensive backfield, yet still is sixth in the NFL in pass defense.

Now in eighth year, Routt was released by the Chiefs earlier this week, despite signing a three-year $18 million contract in the off-season. He started seven games for Kansas City this season, and finished his time there with 21 tackles and two interceptions. In his previous seven years with Oakland, he had 10 total interceptions.

Miami and Arizona are amongst the other teams believed to be interested in the 29-year-old Routt.