Deadline Forces Contract Action; All Good For Chiefs As They Keep Bowe, Albert & Colquitt

It’s amazing what a deadline will do to juice negotiations.

With the deadline for using the franchise player designation at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, the Chiefs and their potential free agents got very busy:

  • WR Dwayne Bowe agreed to a 5-year contract. Terms unknown.
  • P Dustin Colquitt agreed to terms on a new contract. Terms: 5 years, $18.75 million with $8.9 million in guaranteed dollars according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.
  • LT Branden Albert was given the franchise tag, which means he’ll receive $9.828 million for this season as soon as he signs the tender offer.

For Andy Reid-John Dorsey, Monday ended up being a fruitful day. Bowe and Colquitt had to be kept. The Chiefs did not confirm the Bowe signing, but they did the deal with Colquitt.

“John and I knew right away that we’d like to keep Dustin in a Chiefs uniform,” Reid said in a statement released by the Chiefs. “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.”

Concerns about Albert’s back made the franchise tag the perfect remedy, so they will have a season to see him in action and either negotiate a longer term contract, or allow him to walk.

“We felt it was in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs to place the tag on Branden,” said Dorsey in a statement released by the team. “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.”

More than anything, the actions on Monday give the Chiefs ample opportunities in how they use the first selection of the NFL Draft in April. They are not forced to go for an offensive lineman to replace Albert, although they could still go in that direction.

6 Responses to “Deadline Forces Contract Action; All Good For Chiefs As They Keep Bowe, Albert & Colquitt”

  • March 4, 2013  - David says:

    Hey, I may not know much, but here is what I posted in response to Bob’s March 1st piece re, the “Lowdown” on Bowe according to Pioli:

    March 1, 2013 – David says:
    Pioli’s assessment seems correct, but with Bowe up for free agency, you just might have to pay him like a top-5 guy, even though he’s really in the 6-10 range. My guess: Bowe signs, Colquitt signs, Albert gets franchised.

    Yes, I know. That and $3.75 will buy me a grande Dolce Latte at Starbucks. But it’s nice to be right every once in a while. (Now we just have to hope this works out well on the football field.)

  • March 4, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Whew. Deadlines. DC didn’t get their job done; KC did their job.

    As a Chief fan I don’t think I’ve felt this secure since right before Herm announced he was going for a youth movement.

    Maybe we’re going in the right direction.

    cychief24, in section 326, row 1. Look to the right in 325, count 11 rows up and wave to me. I’m the one in red!

  • March 4, 2013  - Kenny says:

    Interesting to know at the end of the 2013 season if Dorsey overpaid for Bowe, Smith, Colquitt and/or Albert.

    My feeling is that if Albert plays well, Smith has a good opportunity to play at the same level or a little higher than how he was playing in SF, Bowe will then likely look like a top 5 receiver and you wont notice Colquitt too much.

    On the other side the

  • March 4, 2013  - Tenand6 says:

    This is all good news. The Chiefs have enough needs to keep the #1 pick in doubt. DE, CB, WR, TE, G, S.

    Given that Dorsey claims he will take the best player available, that might be a guard. Doubt that will happen. DE/CB seem most likely.

    I don’t see a trade down unless they do it on the cheap.

  • March 4, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    It’s good to see some decisive action taken and all three staying in KC. This is beginning to have the makings of a different organization. If Alex Smith fulfills Reid’s expectations and we have a good draft coupled with some judicious free agent acquisitions we might have something.

  • March 5, 2013  - R W says:

    The word is…stability. The dawning of a stable organization just happened with the front office taking care of its own. Well done.

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