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Dustin Colquitt undergoing first Chiefs training camp without Derrick Johnson in 13 years

Colquitt and Johnson were drafted together by the Chiefs back in 2005.

Dustin Colquitt is in St. Joseph this year for the 13th training camp of his career.

It is the first for the 36-year-old punter without Derrick Johnson and his second without Tamba Hali.

Colquitt and Johnson were selected together by the Chiefs in the 2005 NFL Draft. Hali was taken a year later.

“It’s going to be different,” Colquitt said. “That’s this league. There’s always turnover. I’ve tried to always kind of just focus on myself and who I affect the most, and that’s obviously with James (Winchester) and Harrison (Butker) right now and not to have those guys, it’s weird.

“At the end of the college football seasons, I’d usually be somewhere where Derrick Johnson was. All of a sudden, we’re on the same team doing the same stuff the past 13 years, so it is going to be different. He’s going to be Derrick Johnson and doing his thing—at that other place, wherever he went—I’m not sure. So we just got to focus on everyone in camp here.”

Johnson, of course, is now a member of the Oakland Raiders after the Chiefs opted not to bring him back this offseason. Hali is all but retired.

Back in May, the Chiefs and Colquitt agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $9 million. Colquitt could have probably made more money on the open market, but it was important for him to finish his career out as a Kansas City Chief.

Colquitt has joked in the past about wanting to play for as long as George Brett did, which was 20 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He was thus grateful the Chiefs wanted him back, too.

“I think about contract in terms of the three years I spent as a rookie, the five, the five, now the three again,” he said. “It was up in the air. I donate a lot of stuff to that little Salvation Army right there off Metcalf ... and then (Brett) Veach (presumably on the phone) was like, ‘We’re going young across the board except for you.’”

Colquitt was relieved.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, thank you. Cool.’”

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