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The Kansas City Chiefs have had a huge week for the direction of their franchise. After trading for a quarterback, the team locked up three of their big impending free agents.
To put it mildly, the 2012 campaign was a miserable one for the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans. Not only did the team secure the No.1 overall pick in the Draft thanks to a horrendous 2-14 finish on the football field, but they were struck with tragedy with the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide situation. The memory-erasing tools seen in the "Men in Black" movies would have been a nice Christmas gift to those supporting the Arrowhead faithful.
What a difference a few months make. After cleaning house with the firings of General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel, the Chiefs made the splashy move to hire Andy Reid as the new leader of their football team. Reid has had his foot on the pedal since arriving and the crux of that was seen with the team's moves on Monday afternoon.
Before the franchise tag deadline approached on Monday afternoon, the Chiefs announced a few days ago that they traded for former 49ers quarterback, Alex Smith. That move appeared to pave the way for the club to draft an offensive tackle with that first overall pick, given that the rumor mill spewed out news that the team wasn't likely to retain offensive tackle, Brandon Albert. Except, they did.
When the teams announced their franchise tags on Monday, the Chiefs made the eleventh-hour proclamation that Albert was the recipient of the tag. Well, with that big move, surely wide receiver Dwayne Bowe wouldn't be receiving a mega-contract to stay in Kansas City, right? Wrong.
Bowe and the Chiefs have reportedly agreed to a five-year deal, with the finishing touches still being ironed out. With this contract, it takes one of the best receivers off of the free agent market and gives Smith a nice target in the offense. Bowe has had an up-and-down career of sorts, but most of the downs had to do with inconsistent quarterback play over the years. Perhaps the Smith signing helped persuade Bowe to stay in Kansas City.
Also on Monday, the Chiefs agreed to terms with their punter, Dustin Colquitt. He is now the highest-paid punter in the league, getting a five-year deal worth $18.75 million. This is significant for the Bengals as well because they are looking to re-sign Kevin Huber who has had a solid four-year career in Cincinnati. Colquitt's contract sets the bar for that position and will likely be noted in the Huber negotiations.