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Report: Chiefs signing punter Dustin Colquitt to practice squad

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The Kansas City Chiefs are signing punter Dustin Colquitt to their practice squad, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

After being released by the Chiefs following 15 years of service, Colquitt, 38, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in September — only to be let go in late October. Colquitt caught on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on December 18.

In need of a punter because theirs was ill before their last game, the Jacksonville Jaguars poached Colquitt and added him to their 53-man roster, but they waived him earlier this week — thus opening the door for the Chiefs.

Kansas City’s reasoning for signing Colquitt back is likely twofold.

First, why not bring back the individual who has played more games as a Chief than anyone else in NFL history? And second — the Chiefs actually were in need of an emergency specialist after the Baltimore Ravens poached practice squad punter Johnny Townsend on New Year’s Eve.

The Chiefs explained that they saw a significant benefit to an emergency specialist at the time of Johnny’s signing. That now becomes Colquitt’s role behind active punter Tommy Townsend.

“It was a really good idea by Brett Veach to bring a guy in — just in case the COVID thing hits us,” special teams coordinator Dave Toub explained to reporters of Johnny back in November. “[If it] hits one of our guys, we have a guy that’s in the building — tested — that we can just plug in there and plug and play.”

The best part?

By being back with the Chiefs — even if it’s just on the practice squad — for the playoff run, he may just get to add another Super Bowl ring to his collection.