What’s ahead for the Chiefs after Bowe deal

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So far, Andy Reid is making all the moves necessary to make the Chiefs a playoff team this coming season. He’s bringing in a new quarterback in Alex Smith from the 49ers, and on Monday, the Chiefs made sure Smith has someone to throw to.

They signed star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year deal, which helps the team keep a valuable offensive weapon. They also signed Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt to a five year deal worth $18 million plus, making him the highest paid punter in the NFL.
And they put the franchise tag on offensive tackle Branden Albert.

Signing Bowe was key because they had used the franchise tag on him last year.
Doing it again this year would’ve cost them more than $11 million dollars. While the terms of his new deal were not disclosed, it allowed the team to keep Albert for another season. And now they can go in a different direction in the draft. For weeks, the experts have called for the Chiefs to either draft a quarterback or an offensive tackle, but the Chiefs have addressed those needs in the past week.

Here are the current needs for the Chiefs:

  • They desperately need a cornerback, and there are some really good ones in this draft.
  • They could use an offensive guard to help protect Alex Smith.
  • They need defensive line help since Glenn Dorsey is a free agent and the team might cut Tyson Jackson because he would cost the team more than $17-million dollars to keep him.
  • The team also needs an inside linebacker and a solid backup quarterback.

The Chiefs can begin signing free agents next week, so they could address some of these needs in the weeks leading up to the draft, which isn’t until the end of April. But these signings yesterday give the Chiefs a whole new set of options when it comes to who they will take with the first pick.

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