Originally written March 04, 2013 on The Football Fan Spot:
I don’t normally grade punter signings, but Dustin Colquitt got the richest contract in NFL history by a punter, signing for 18.75 million over 5 years with 8.9 million guaranteed. Ordinarily, it’s a mistake to commit that much money to a specialist like a punter, but if you’re going to do it, it makes a lot more sense to do so with a punter than a kicker because punters don’t have the same year to year and even game to game volatility that a kicker has. As far as punters go, there were better choices to be the highest paid punter of all-time, but not by a lot. Colquitt was ProFootballFocus’ 6th rated punter this season and he has been a top-10 punter in each of the last four seasons, something only Andy Lee and Brandon Fields can also say. I wouldn’t say I love this move, but it’s not terrible. Grade: B
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