The Chiefs have made the move official.
“My family and I are immensely grateful for the contributions Dustin and his family have made to the Chiefs over the last 15 years,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Dustin has cemented his place as one greatest punters in the history of the NFL. In addition to his exceptional play on the field, Dustin has been an invaluable member of the Kansas City community, and his dedication and generosity improved the lives of countless families throughout Chiefs Kingdom. Dustin consistently represented himself, the Chiefs and the Kansas City community with integrity and class, and he will always be a member of the Chiefs family.”
“I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Dustin and the incredible career he was able to put together here in Kansas City,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said. “When you have a player that special, and someone who has meant so much to our team and community for so long, it makes these decisions really hard. I certainly enjoyed our time together here and wish him the best as he moves forward.”
“Dustin is one of the greatest Chiefs of all-time and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to coach him these past seven years,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “The longevity of his career here in Kansas City shows you just how consistently he has performed at a high level. Beyond his impact on the field, he was a great teammate and leader. I will always be a huge Dustin Colquitt fan.”
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By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt.
Colquitt's 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances.
Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that "all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to."
A person familiar with the team's decision confirmed it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because it had not been announced.
Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.