Just two days before their scheduled game with Minnesota, free agent cornerback Stanford Routt is set to visit the Detroit Lions on Friday, according to a report by Adam Caplan of The Sideline View.
The 29-year-old Routt was waived by Kansas City earlier in the week, less than nine months after he was given a three-year, $19.6 million contract by the organization to be an impact player in the secondary. An unheralded commodity during his time in college, Routt blew away the Oakland Raiders with his blazing 4.27-second 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine in 2005, and eventually was selected with the 38th overall pick.
Following a 2010 campaign where he ranked among the league's best cornerbacks in a handful of advanced metrics, Routt was given a three-year, $31.5 million contract by the Raiders. Despite being handed roughly $20 million guaranteed and then going on to intercept four passes the very next season, Routt was surprisingly cut loose by the Raiders in February of this year.
With the Lions desperate for bodies in their defensive secondary, a 6'1, 195-pound defensive back like Routt could be a significant boost for a team that can't seem to shake the injury bug as of late. Routt's straight-line speed and track record for not giving up big plays would appear to be legitimate assets, and he currently has more career starts (60) than any defensive back on Detroit's roster.