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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

Chiefs' Dustin Colquitt kicked out of highest-paid punter spot by his brother

08/13/2013 12:00 AM

01/29/2014 12:47 PM

Dustin Colquitt’s time as the NFL’s highest-paid punter is over. The contract he signed with the Chiefs this year was surpassed on an average per year basis by the deal received by, of all people, his brother Britton of the Denver Broncos.

On Sunday, Britton signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos through 2016 that will pay him an average of $3.9 million per season, topping the $3.75 million a year Dustin will receive as part of a five-year deal he signed in the offseason.

Dustin is happy to see it.

“He’s got to start paying some tabs back because he was living with me for 10 months before he was with the Broncos,’’ he said. “So he owes me for groceries, room and board. Seriously, I’m excited for him. He can put some roots down in Denver now.’’

That Dustin turned into one of the NFL’s top punters isn’t a surprise. The Chiefs once drafted him in the third round, which is high for a punter.

Britton is a late bloomer.

“At Tennessee (in college), I don’t think he ever reached his full potential,’’ Dustin said. “Now that it’s a job and he can spend more time on that as opposed to going to class and some of the distractions of college. He’s really worked on his trade and fine-tuned some stuff.’’

Chiefs-Broncos games are interesting for the Colquitt family, including their father Craig, a former punter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The family has an interesting rooting interest in those games.

“They live for fourth down,’’ Dustin said. “They love watching punts.’’

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