Teams that might have had an interest in targeting Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe are now going to have to change their plans when free agency opens next week. The Chiefs have reached a long-term deal with Bowe, giving expected quarterback Alex Smith a deep threat this season. Kansas City has wasted little time making moves under first-year head coach Andy Reid making personnel moves.
Bowe’s deal is a reported 5-year contract worth $56 million with $26 million in guaranteed money. The Chiefs also announced a deal with punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt was a highly effective punter last season, placing 42 kicks inside opponent’s 20-yard line, just two kicks short of the single season record of 44. On Monday, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on LT Branden Albert.
Reid has moved swiftly in the weeks after being hired as the team’s head coach and now even more questions remain about who the team might select first overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, the first time in franchise history the Chiefs have selected in that position.
Despite his rocky history, Bowe would have likely garnered as much, if not more, on the free agent market. His numbers have struggled in recent years with sub-par quarterback play. One has to wonder however, if he will continue to be motivated after finally landing a long-term deal.