IRVING, Texas --Released before the start of the New League Year, ex-Rob Ryan cornerback Stanford Routt got a jump on free agency last week and agreed Monday to a three-year deal with the Chiefs worth just under $20 million.
Routt's ties to Ryan -- he played four years for the Cowboys defensive coordinator in Oakland from 2005-08 -- put Dallas (as always) on a short list of suitors. The Cowboys appeared to have only cursory interest in Routt based on his history with Ryan.
Despite his reputation as a physical, productive corner, Routt led the league in touchdowns allowed last season and was released one year into a big extension with Oakland.
Still, the Cowboys are likely to target a corner in free agency and/or the draft. Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins are back, but depth is a concern with Alan Ball and Frank Walker free agents and veteran starter Terence Newman possibly a veteran cut.