The Kansas City Chiefs entered the offseason with a long list of free agents headlined by Branden Albert, Dwayne Bowe and Dustin Colquitt. The assumption was the team would franchise one and play hardball with the other two.
Instead, new GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid got owner Clark Hunt to open up his check book. In addition to making Colquitt the highest-paid punter in the NFL, we now know they didn’t short change Bowe either.
The wide receiver’s new five-year deal is worth $56 million, including $26 million guaranteed, according to Jason La Canfora. It’s identical in guaranteed money to the deal signed by Vincent Jackson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As La Canfora points out, it will now be curious to see if free agents Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings can lock down similar deals. There were rumblings over the last year that Wallace wanted a deal that approached the one signed by Larry Fitzgerald with the Arizona Cardinals, though the Jackson contract was more used as a measuring stick.
For now, Bowe can count himself among the highest paid receivers in the NFL along with Jackson right behind Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions.