Dustin Colquitt, punter
It’s certainly not a stretch to say that Colquitt could return to Kansas City next season since the Chiefs are the only team for whom he’s played since he was drafted in 2005.
Not only is Colquitt the longest-tenured player on the team, but he’s still in his prime as a punter who made the Pro Bowl last season (and should do so this year as well).
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The downside to keeping Colquitt at this stage is simply about money. For a team that’s been flush up against the cap each year, the Chiefs have also chosen to employ the most expensive punter in the game.
A rookie punter would come with one tenth of the overall cost of Colquitt and that’s a tough decision for Brett Veach to consider if the Chiefs need the money.
That said, if the Chiefs can afford to keep Colquitt, they definitely should. He’s a known quantity and top-notch performer for a special teams unit that’s celebrated among with the league’ best and brightest every year since Dave Toub arrived.
There’s no reason to mess with that unless the Chiefs absolutely must. If Veach does finally pull the plug on Colquitt’s tenure in Kansas City, here’s hoping we all remember how good we had it with such a capable veteran as part of the special teams unit.