La Canfora: A game of tag
Teams now are free to put franchise tags on players. Jason La Canfora breaks down what moves you can expect to see. **More ...**
The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus, according to the source.
"Stanford has a proven record of success in the NFL," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "He's a talented player that has spent seven seasons in the AFC West, so he is familiar with us and our division opponents. We are excited to have Stanford join the team, and we are looking forward to getting started."
Although the Chiefs have a surplus of salary cap room available, the signing of Routt could indicate the team will not use the franchise tag on impending free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr. A source close to Carr doesn't believe the tag will be used, but there has been no official word from the team.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is the other obvious candidate to receive the franchise tag, but the team might not use it on any player this season. The franchise tag figures for the two positions -- $9.4 million for wide receivers and $10.6 million for cornerbacks -- are relatively the same in 2012.