The Kansas City Chiefs signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to new long-term contracts and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert. All three were due to become free agents.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It hasn’t taken long for the new regime of the Kansas City Chiefs to make an impression.
Chiefs officials announced Monday they signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to new long-term contracts and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert. All three of the players were due to become free agents.
The moves came less than a week after new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers for their second-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional selection in next year’s draft.
Bowe, the team’s leading receiver the past four seasons, and Colquitt got five-year deals. Colquitt’s contract reportedly is worth $18.75 million, making the Pro Bowl performer the highest-paid punter in the league.
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The Chiefs had until Monday afternoon to decide whether to franchise any of their free agents, and they wound up placing the tag on Albert, who will make $9.828 million next season.
“We will continue to negotiate with Branden and his agent to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial,” Dorsey said.
Bowe was the recipient of the franchise tag last year. He was unhappy with the decision and didn’t report to training camp until it was well under way, but still managed to catch 59 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns despite weak quarterback play.
“We’re excited to have Dwayne on the roster for the long term,” Reid said. “Dwayne’s a big, physical receiver who has had success in this league.
“He is part of the Chiefs’ family, and it was important to him to remain in Kansas City.”
Eight players were given the franchise tag by their teams for next season. Players other than Albert tagged Monday were Dallas linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer and Miami defensive tackle Randy Starks.
Last year, 21 players received the franchise tag.
Goldson avoids tag
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ex-Washington Huskies standout Dashon Goldson, an All-Pro safety for the San Francisco 49ers, got his wish and escaped the franchise tag that would have meant a one-year deal worth $7.45 million in his case.
Goldson, 28, will be on the open market when free agency begins next Tuesday.
“Somewhere, anywhere,” Goldson said. “Hopefully it will be here (with the 49ers), but I’m open to all 32 teams.”
• Dallas released safety Gerald Sensabaugh, 29, to clear $1.4 million under the salary cap and has dumped more than $20 million in cap money in the past several days by reworking some contracts.
• Cornerback William Gay, 28, is heading back to Pittsburgh.
Gay has agreed to a three-year deal, a move that should give the Steelers some insurance if unrestricted free agent Keenan Lewis decides to play elsewhere. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Gay spent the first five seasons of his career in Pittsburgh before signing with the Arizona Cardinals last spring. He had two interceptions for the Cardinals.
• Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, the most valuable player in the Super Bowl, signed his six-year, $120.6 million contract agreed to last week. Flacco, the highest-paid player in league history, gets $52 million guaranteed.
“The priority of mine was to get that respect that I felt, that I feel now from this organization,” said Flacco, 28, the first starting QB in NFL history to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons.
After signing, Flacco went to a McDonald’s drive-thru in Aberdeen, Md., for a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets meal, ESPN reported.
Compiled from The Associated Press, The Kansas City Star and The Sacramento Bee.