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Chiefs tag Branden Albert, sign Dwayne Bowe


With two big-name players about to hit free agency, Kansas City made a couple of moves to keep both of them.

The Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on offensive tackle Branden Albert and reached an agreement on a new deal for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who played on the one-year franchise tender last year. A league source tells PFT that it’s a five-year deal for Bowe.

Kansas City will also be keeping punter Dustin Colquitt, who was also set to become a free agent but agreed to a five-year, $18.75 million deal, including $8.9 million guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Keeping Albert in the fold is a big move for the Chiefs’ offensive line, although it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t use the first overall pick in the draft on an offensive tackle. Both Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan have been named as potential first picks for Kansas City.

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53 Responses to “Chiefs tag Branden Albert, sign Dwayne Bowe”
  1. thesmartest1 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Big Red is making things interesting.

  2. yelix says: Mar 4, 2013 4:20 PM

    I don’t see any way the Chiefs use the first pick on a left tackle. Branden Albert has repeatedly made it clear that he will not move to guard.

  3. madman731 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:21 PM

    This is great news for KC. I didn’t think they would be able to keep Albert. Hopefully Reid and the coaching staff can work on Bowe’s drops, but he’s still the best WR the Chiefs have.

  4. vegaskid21 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    Good move signing Bowe. Albert could have been released. He isn’t that good.

  5. eventhorizon04 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:24 PM

    “Keeping Albert in the fold is a big move for the Chiefs’ offensive line, although it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t use the first overall pick in the draft on an offensive tackle.”

    Tagging Albert for $10 million almost certainly means they’re not drafting a left tackle at #1 overall, unless they plan on using Albert as the highest paid offensive guard in the NFL…..

    If they’re not interested in Albert long-term, they can draft an offensive tackle in the second/third round as a guy who spends his rookie year developing on the bench and then takes over in 2014.

  6. allinblindsevenduece says: Mar 4, 2013 4:25 PM

    Wow talk about last minute. Shows some much needed and impressive leadership from the new staff there. Not only did they somehow keep ALL that information under wraps but get almost everything they wanted or needed out of it. Impressive

  7. datsawfu says: Mar 4, 2013 4:26 PM

    This is going make predicting the draft very interesting…

  8. tungo0516 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:26 PM

    Dorsey and Reid did something right! Love me some Bowe.

    Only time will tell how the Alex Smith deal will work. This move will ultimately determine their fate here.

  9. kcflake says: Mar 4, 2013 4:26 PM

    YES!!!!!!!! Great Job Chiefs (John Dorsey). These are 3 Incredible Moves. We are a Better team with these 3 players. Thanks from Chiefs Nation.

  10. badkarma56 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:26 PM

    Sounds to me like Andy Reid has sold the players on “something”….Alot of good moves so far and free agency and the draft still to come……mark my words, something very nice is A’brewing in Kansas City!!!

  11. hallirish says: Mar 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    It’s official…Scott Pioli has left the building!

  12. kcflake says: Mar 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    These are moves Scott Pioli would not have made. Cause he was a Clueless GM.

  13. fthrvic says: Mar 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    Chiefs lock down a solid #2 WR in Dwayne Bowe….championship move.

  14. bengalsstillsuck says: Mar 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    With Spencer an Bowe off the FA list sucks as a Browns fan i was hopin Bowe wld be a decoy for other teams so the Browns can sign Jennings or Wallace or some other big name guys but now it will be a bidding war with these guys.

  15. kevinashcraft says: Mar 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    Not Albert’s decision on moving to G. The only internal option is Jeff Allen. I say start Albert at G, and draft Joeckel @ #1.

  16. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 4, 2013 4:31 PM

    andy reid, alex smith, still got charles bowe and starting LT…. Moeaki aint bad either…. if they use this first pick on an offensive stud KC might have some upside on the fantasy draft board… sleepers maybe? muahaha!

  17. lbmclean says: Mar 4, 2013 4:33 PM

    When you go 2-14, it is vital that you retain that incredible talent…

  18. EJ says: Mar 4, 2013 4:36 PM

    I think they tagged Albert to positively have the Tackle position locked up while they ready Joeckel for the next season. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they have just signed Albert to a long term deal?

  19. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:36 PM

    All of a sudden the Chiefs could be players. We’ll see if the AFC North will give up a spot because it looks like Houston/Indy race, Patriots, Ravens/Bengals, Broncos.

    Something will have to give.

  20. pillowporkers says: Mar 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    Warmack #1 overall?! Could be worth it. They would have a nice oline there for JChar and co.

  21. zclorz says: Mar 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    I think Moeaki will be Smith’s best friend. He will be A poor man’s Vernon Davis.

    Team that up with Charles running and Bowe on the outside

    If Alex Smith performs like he has performed the past two years, I can see them vastly improving and surprising some people.

    They will come second in the division but if they take care of the Chargers and Raiders (as they should) … that is 4 wins right there

  22. mcg8569 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:41 PM

    Are punters really worth almost $4mil a year?

    I assume this dude is pretty good (he got a lot of practice last year) but that seems absolutely ridiculous.

  23. spoilerfutbol says: Mar 4, 2013 4:45 PM

    mcg8569 said:
    Are punters really worth almost $4mil a year?

    I assume this dude is pretty good (he got a lot of practice last year) but that seems absolutely ridiculous.


    Punters are people too!!

  24. zam0854 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:46 PM

    KC dont get too excited…REID will single-handedly destroy this team that youre assembling

  25. ottawabrave91 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    when I heard this news I was proven very wrong. I am now starting to have faith in the chiefs

  26. zam0854 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    AND KC is still 3rd best in a STRUGGLING division

  27. autumnwind999 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    Solid moves by the Chiefs in retaining those three, but it’s a QB league and I still say Alex Smith is only marginally better than Matt Cassel. And they gave up WAY too much to get him. But who knows. Reid does have a great track record with getting the most out of his QBs.

  28. beeradd1981 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:49 PM

    This is the best possible outcome for the Chiefs! Hopefully we can trade back from the #1 spot now…

  29. ehrenekstrand says: Mar 4, 2013 4:54 PM

    No Bowe for the Vikes. They’d better find a way to keep Percy now.

  30. brutus9448 says: Mar 4, 2013 4:58 PM

    how could you be a better team for re-signing the same players from your old team? Alberts and Bowe were part of the disaster last year right?

  31. nflcinbengals says: Mar 4, 2013 4:59 PM

    Congrats Chiefs fans, I can’t wait to have this feeling when we lock up AJ Green!!!

  32. themackstrong says: Mar 4, 2013 5:01 PM

    A fan tired of the media Manning love affair-I will be pulling for the Chiefs to win that division. Still many pieces that need to be filled but they have exciting players on offense & defense. The GM just made some good moves. Smith can be adequate with run game and great o-line without that fans will be calling for his head.

  33. dlux36 says: Mar 4, 2013 5:03 PM

    The comments about Reid “getting the most out of his QBs”…really? Did you not watch the 02 & 03 championship games, the last 3 years of Vick disaster? Week 8 beating lesser teams does not get it done.

  34. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 4, 2013 5:09 PM

    The Chiefs won 2 games with these players, calm down people! At least there’s a chance they get a good qb…oh wait they already found an average one

  35. ramsnation88 says: Mar 4, 2013 5:15 PM

    Now placing bets on who jumps to No 1 for Geno: Cleveland or Oakland?

  36. ashevillechief says: Mar 4, 2013 5:16 PM

    Sign Welker since Pats didn’t tag him. No to Luke J. Nobody should sit on him for a year. If you draft him, he starts. Chiefs may take CB Mellinger #1, but will probably go D-line.

  37. cadan24 says: Mar 4, 2013 5:22 PM

    Its not a sexy pick, but if you cant trade outta #1 Id almost say take Chance Warmack….that would be the kind of offensive line that gets you to the playoffs…

  38. gbatap says: Mar 4, 2013 5:44 PM

    A tagged LT at 10M$ who they came out and said they are going to continue negotiating with, a RT that graded out as one of the best in the league last year who makes 6+M$/year and a 3rd round LT with 1st round physical talent as depth but don’t rule out a tackle in the first round?

  39. jbaxt says: Mar 4, 2013 6:06 PM

    Best move possible for KC. I’d love to see them trade back but I think the only guy someone would move up to get is Millner. I’d like to see him in KC but if they can trade back and get Womnack, Fischer, or the DT from FL I’d be stoked.

  40. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Mar 4, 2013 6:26 PM

    Is that the same Bowe who compiles garbage time stats and alligator-arms it when the game is on the line?

  41. mullman76 says: Mar 4, 2013 6:59 PM

    Being a punter in the NFL gets my vote for best gig in pro sports.

    He is one of the best, but $8.9 guaranteed? Unreal.

    Well done Mr. Colquitt/agent.

  42. tjjohnson98 says: Mar 4, 2013 7:23 PM

    Good moves, but I’m still a little chapped at how much they overpaid for Alex Smith. Should have called the Niners’ bluff, no way they could have their backup making 10x what their starter makes.

  43. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 4, 2013 8:02 PM

    Albert will do what he’s told or he’ll have to find a new job.

  44. seabreezes51 says: Mar 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    Andy is gearing up to trade down.

  45. manilarizzo says: Mar 4, 2013 8:29 PM

    Surprised not to see more commentary on the punter deal!! That’s some serious coin for a special teamer. Wow. With anyone able to try out, I’m going to start working on my hang time!!!

  46. cstill49ers says: Mar 4, 2013 9:35 PM

    Sounds like they’re gonna trade the first pick.

  47. waitstop says: Mar 4, 2013 9:54 PM

    The Smith trade stressed me out, but now keeping Albert and Bowe, things are starting to make sense.

    Chiefs fans know Bowe is a hard working, capable top 10 receiver. Poor QB play and bad coaching has hurt him, and it seems he loses interest in an obvious lost cause. Colquitt is a very good punter and worth keeping in the new salary cap age.

    This team has a lot of starter talent, but has lacked depth to overcome injuries. D-Line is underated because of the high draft picks, LB corps is one of the top 3 units in the NFL and the secondary needs a better FS and #2 CB.

    Charles needs to be better conditioned so he doesn’t come out so much. He could’ve threatened the 2K mark this year. O-Line was solid with younger guys in the interior and Albert having a bad back all year. This team should have pushed for 10 wins if it had roster depth and better coaching. God help the NFL if this had been a year with an elite QB sitting at the top of the draft!

  48. justwannawinna says: Mar 4, 2013 9:59 PM

    Now i see Big Red making some moves in FA for ILBs, perhaps a Brian Urlacher who would develop a later round linebacker they drft. I think Floyd from florida will be the pick unless Dorsey resigns for a much smaller contract and Jackson restrcutures that deal. In either case they need some help defensively.

  49. chucknorrissinspiration says: Mar 4, 2013 11:09 PM

    18.75 million dollars to punt footballs…boy oh boy did I screw up in life or what.

  50. hailchiefs says: Mar 5, 2013 12:02 AM

    Could this happen?

    KC trades Albert for PHI’s 2nd rd. pick (35 overall).

    KC drafts Joeckel

    We get our stud LT and a solid QB for just sliding back 1 slot in the 2nd rd (yes plus a conditional mid rd pick next year if speculated trade details true). Since we coulda lost Albert for nothing, this scenario would explain why KC was willing to part for #34 for A. Smith.

    Just a thought.

  51. juliath83 says: Mar 5, 2013 1:58 AM

    Remember when you would be ashamed to misspell easy names like Brandon? What happened to those days?

  52. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    @gbatap says
    A tagged LT at 10M$ who they came out and said they are going to continue negotiating with, a RT that graded out as one of the best in the league last year who makes 6+M$/year and a 3rd round LT with 1st round physical talent as depth but don’t rule out a tackle in the first round?

    In case you didn’t notice, your chiefs sucked last season and shouldn’t rule out drafting anyone that can help them improve next season. Just sayin’.

  53. realitycheck21 says: Mar 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    Bowe you’re a complete idiot! You’ll retire on this miserable team an avg wr and void of a sb championship ring. You could’ve bravely embraced change, continued personal and professional improvementbut you chose to be lazy and content with mediocrity. You made your bed so lay in it. Not a word.

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