The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly made veteran punter Dustin Colquitt the highest paid punter in the league.
Former disgruntled wide receiver Dwayne Bowe clearly likes the changes that Chiefs owner Clark Hunt made in the off season. Bowe also reportedly signed a five-year deal.
In a tweet, Bowe said he was on vacation when, "I got the call that changed my life." He added that he wanted to thank the Hunt family and the Chiefs organization. He thanked the fans and said he didn't get where he was without the Chiefs nation and his teammates, adding "to my teammates, let's do work."
With Bowe no longer getting the franchise tag, the Chiefs put the tag on tackle Branden Albert. The Kansas City Star reported that the Chiefs are giving Albert a one-year contract worth almost $9 million.
ESPN reported that Colquitt's deal is worth $18.75 million deal over five seasons, including $8.9 million guaranteed.
"We are excited that we were able to come to a long-term deal with Dustin and keep him in Kansas City," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "Dustin is an elite punter in this league. He's done a great job for this franchise this past eight seasons, and we are looking forward to working with him."
Colquitt has been one of the best if not the best players the Chiefs have seen during some of their more beleaguered recent seasons.
"John and I knew right away that we'd like to keep Dustin in a Chiefs uniform," head coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "He's worked hard at his craft and has become one of the best punters in the NFL. He's got a strong leg and the ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory. We are happy we were able to come to an agreement."
Colquitt earned his first Pro Bowl trip for his performance in the 2012 season when the Chiefs won just two games. He holds many Chiefs records for punting, including highest career average (44.7 yards), highest net average (39.1) and most career punts inside the 250.
A native of Tennessee, he played at the University of Tennessee.
Dorsey said he and Reid agreed after their arrivals in January that re-signing Bowe was a top priority.
"He's been a key player on our offense and is one of the premier players at his poisition," Dorsey said. "We are pleased that Dwayne will be a member of this team for years to come."
Reid echoed Dorsey's remarks.
"Dwayne's a big, physical receiver who has had success in this league. He is part of the Chiefs family, and it was important to him to remain in Kansas City. I'm looking forward to working with Dwayne."
In his official statement released by the team, Bowe said he is excited to work with Dorsey and Reid.
"I'm excited to continue my career with the Chiefs and hopefully to help this team reach our goals," he said.
Dorsey said putting the franchise tag on Albert was in the best interest of the team. The Chiefs feel confident that both Bowe and Albert will rebound from injuries that plagued last season.
"We will continue to negotiate with Branden and his agent to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial. We are looking forward to working with Branden in the near future," Dorsey said in a statement.
Albert has played five seasons with the Chiefs, who credit him with helping pave the way for Chiefs running backs, including Jamaal Charles, who has recorded three 1,000-yard rushing seasons behind Albert and company. In 2012, the Chiefs racked up 2,395 yards on the ground, the fifth-highest rushing output in club annals. Since Albert's arrival in 2008, the club has averaged 133.2 rushing yards per contest.
The Glen Burnie, MD, native originally entered the NFL as Kansas City's second of two first-round picks (15th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was an All-ACC selection at Virginia where he started as a true freshman. He was a two-way standout player at Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, MD.
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