Chiefs sign Bowe, Colquitt; tag Albert

Chiefs make a few big, last-second moves

3/4/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Kansas City Chiefs had some big names slated for free agency this offseason, and the thought around the league was that some of those big names would be hitting the open market. Somehow, new head coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey managed to pull off some great moves to bring back some talented players.
Blog Photo - Chiefs sign Bowe, Colquitt; tag Albert
The Chiefs first signed Dwayne Bowe to a five-year deal on Monday. While the receiver was expected to test free agency, the acquisition of quarterback Alex Smith probably made Kansas City a more desirable place for Bowe to play. While Smith is a very smart, accurate quarterback, his sub-par arm strength makes it difficult for him to be effective without talented, playmaking receivers. Bringing back Bowe ensures that Smith will have a top notch weapon to utilize on his new team.

The Chiefs were reportedly considering using the franchise tag to retain Bowe, but after signing him to a long-term deal, they were free to designate someone else as their franchise player. They had the perfect candidate in left tackle Branden Albert, who they gave the franchise tag to barely before Monday's 4:00 pm deadline. While Albert is a very good left tackle, there were some questions about the health of his back, so the Chiefs were reluctant to give him a multi-year deal. By using the franchise tag on him, the Chiefs lock him up for this season and can sign him long-term next offseason if he proves to be healthy.

Bringing back Albert is also likely to shake up some mock drafts, as offensive tackle Luke Joeckel was considered the favorite to be drafted first overall by the Chiefs. Albert has adamantly stated that he will not move to guard, and the Chiefs have a formidable right tackle in Eric Winston. A player like Star Lotulelei or Shariff Floyd could be options with the first pick, as the Chiefs' defensive line could use an overhaul.

The signing of Bowe and tagging of Albert will grab most of the headlines, but the Chiefs didn't stop there - they also signed punter Dustin Colquitt to a record-setting $18.75 million deal over five years. The deal includes $8.9 million in guaranteed money, the most ever given to a special teams player. The 2012 Pro Bowler has consistently been one of the league's best punters for years. The deal sets a high price for fellow free agent punter Shane Lechler, who is regarded by many as one of the greatest punters in NFL history.

After trading for a starting quarterback, signing a sensational receiver, franchise tagging a blindside protector, and locking up a top notch punter, Chiefs fans are probably happier than they've been in a long time.
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3/5/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

mcleodglen wrote:
hmmm, not sure if those are good moves though.

I am generally happy about them. If you consider the numbers Bowe has put up with the likes of Brodie Croyle, Tyler Palko, Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel at QB it is pretty impressive. Especially because KC has lacked a secondary threat in the passing game since Tony Gonzalez left. 

Albert is great if his back is healthy (which is admittedly a question mark). And Colquitt is an excellent punter (who got plenty of practice last year!).

3/5/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

hmmm, not sure if those are good moves though.