According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed punter Dustin Colquitt to a long-term deal.
Chiefs also reached agreement on long-term deal with P Dustin Colquitt. Three potential free agents, all three taken care of.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2013
Not only did the Chiefs re-sign Colquitt, they made him the highest-paid punter in the NFL!
Dustin Colquitt is now highest-paid punter in NFL. He reached agreement with Chiefs on a 5-yr, $18.75 million deal, including $8.9 mil gtd.
The news comes on the heels of the news that the team has re-signed WR Dwayne Bowe to a five-year contract. The Bowe deal meant the Chiefs were able to use the franchise tag on LT Brandon Albert.
Colquitt has long been one of the NFL’s best punters. He was elected to his first Pro Bowl in 2012.
This is an absolutely brilliant move by GM John Dorsey. By locking up these three players the Chiefs keep their young, talented veteran core in place.
There is no telling what this will mean for the 2013 NFL Draft. Many experts had the Chiefs selecting LT Luke Joeckel out of Texas A & M but now that seems unlikely.
I can’t help but wonder if the Geno Smith dream is still alive in Kansas City. The news of the Alex Smith trade seemed to extinguish any hope Smith would be drafted by the Chiefs but now the Chiefs could afford a luxury pick at No. 1. Geno Smith could learn behind Alex Smith until he is ready.
Then again, the Chiefs could trade back or select CB Dee Milliner out of Alabama.
In short, the Chiefs could do absolutely anything now.
Wow. I am in shock.