After finally¬†receiving¬†an upgrade at the quarterback position, the Kansas City Chiefs made it a priority to resign star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, and so they did. Today the Chiefs signed Bowe to a 5-year contract, financial terms are undisclosed at this time. Having obtained a solid QB-WR tandem, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on left tackle Brandon Albert, ¬†a first round pick in 2008. Albert will make 9.828 million dollars next season, and will become a free agent at the end of the season. In addition the Chiefs also made punter Dustin Colquitt the highest paid punter in NFL history, signing him to a 5 year, 18.75 million dollar contract.
Bowe has been an exceptional receiver throughout his years in KC. Last year he compiled 59 receptions for 801 yards and¬†three touchdowns. Although they are by far his worst totals of his career, it isn’t a result of Bowe’s talent or effort, but rather the person passing to him was either Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn. With both of those two having arguably the worst seasons of their unimpressive career, Bowe is hardly to blame for his sub-par season. He is a very talented receiver and standing at¬†6’2, he is a big target as well with great hands.
Franchising Brandon Albert allows for more flexibility when it comes to the draft. Instead of taking Luke Joeckel for sure, which they still could and it wouldn’t be a bad idea, they can go with a defender as well helping to strengthen a rather inept defense. Bjoern Werner would do nicely here as the Chiefs would do well to fortify a defensive line that looked lost at times. ¬†Luke Joeckel and Brandon Albert would be a superb offensive line and is still a viable choice, but with Brandon Albert back for at least one more year, the Chiefs have more versatility with the first pick in the draft.
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