If the Chiefs sign Routt, that likely means they will allow cornerback Brandon Carr to become a free agent. The Chiefs could yet choose to place the franchise tag on either Carr or receiver Dwayne Bowe.
The Chiefs could be comparing the price tags for Carr and Routt; they could also be showing interest in Routt to demonstrate to Carr that they would be willing to go elsewhere.
I think it is a smart move for the Chiefs to at least see what Routt is looking for and to give themselves options in case they think Carr will leave. Because there is so much interest in Routt, this process could take some time.
In other AFC West news:
New Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about adjusting to his new unit in a radio interview.
The Chiefs reportedly are interested in a member of the Super Bowl champion Giants for their offensive-line coaching job.