Earlier in the off-season, the Kansas City Chiefs locked up punter Dustin Colquitt to a contract that made him the highest-paid punter in the NFL. On Sunday afternoon, one of Kansas City’s biggest rivals, the Denver Broncos, signed his brother, Britton, to another big-time contract.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos and Britton Colquitt have agreed on a 3-year extension that will keep in Denver through the 2016 season. In fact, Schefter added a bit of comedy to the proceedings in the same Tweet that announced the formal financial terms:
Britton Colquitt’s three-year extension is worth $11.7 million and averages $3.9 million per year. Raise your kids to be punters.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2013
Colquitt excelled in 2012 with Denver, finishing 3rd among all punters in net punting (42.1 yards per punt) and 2nd in fewest return yards allowed (6.2 yards per punt). A $3.9 million per season average is pretty significant for a punter, but for a team like Denver with big-time Super Bowl aspirations, they can’t afford any special teams issues. The backing of Colquitt as a cornerstone of the future certainly agrees with that concept.
The NFL’s “first family” of punting is officially locked up, and they will be residing in the AFC West for the foreseeable future.