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Texans not on Routt’s itinerary

Posted by Chris Brown on February 14, 2012 – 1:23 pm

Even though some national media outlets have reported that free agent CB Stanford Routt will be visiting with the Texans later this week, one of the most respected football journalists in the country says it’s not happening.

Houston Texans’ beat reporter John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that Routt is not a player of interest for the Texans. Here’s what he wrote in his column today (Tuesday).

There were reports by reputable websites that cornerback Stanford Routt had visits lined up with the Texans this week. I checked with the Texans and with Routt’s people and was told no by both sides. The Texans will kick the tires on a lot of players, but even if they loved Routt, they couldn’t afford him. They don’t have cap dollars to spend on free agents from other teams.

Their top priority is Mario Williams. And they’re going to have to scramble big time to make Williams a serious offer before he becomes unrestricted on March 13.

Add in the fact that the Texans spent big free agent dollars on CB Jonathan Joseph in free agency last offseason (5 yrs. $48.75M, $23.5M guaranteed, $12.5M to sign) and you see why spending significant additional dollars at the same position would compromise keeping one of their best players on defense (Williams).


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