The Kansas City Chiefs were quiet leading up to the last minute of this afternoon’s franchise tag deadline before it was announced that they made a flurry of impressive moves to keep their key contributors. After adding Alex Smith at quarterback, the Chiefs ability to lock up offensive tackle Branden Albert and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe set them up for a big turnaround next season.
Immediately after four o’clock, it was announced that the Chiefs used the franchise tag on Albert, which keeps their stud tackle in place for another year.
Kansas City was able to use the franchise tag on Albert, because Bowe signed a new five-year deal with the team. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the long-term deal between Bowe and the Chiefs.
Also, Chiefs sign WR Dwayne Bowe to five-year deal.First reported apparently by @adamschefter.Confirmed, not that it needed it.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 4, 2013
Terms of Bowe’s deal have not been released.
The flurry of moves will now draw attention to the Chiefs first-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Could Kansas City still use the first-overall pick on a left tackle after locking up Albert or will they turn their attention to the likes of Dee Milliner or Chance Warmack of Alabama or Star Lotulelei of Utah?
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