Dustin Colquitt’s Price Just Went Up

When the Kansas City Chiefs get around to locking up punter Dustin Colquitt to a new long-term deal, they will be writing a much bigger check than they likely planned thanks to the San Diego Chargers.  That’s because their division rival agreed to a five-year extension with Mike Scifres worth more than $18 million including $9 million guaranteed.

Colquitt is doing just fine as he comes down the stretch of his five-year $6.1 million deal he signed back in 2008.  That means the veteran has two years before he hits the open market and the Chiefs might want to make sure he is back on track before jumping the gun on a new deal.

Last season Colquitt took a step back with career-high 11.4% of touchbacks after a career-best of 6.3% in 2009.  That along with a career-worst 8.6 average return led to his lowest net (38) since his rookie year in 2005 (36.7).

During the preseason he has looked better than ever, showing that he is ready to prove that 2010 was just an off year and not a sign of decline.  If Colquitt can carry that performance into the regular season, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Chiefs to lock him up while they still have an exorbitant amount of money to spend.

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