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Broncos make Britton Colquitt NFL's richest punter

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Three-year extension will give the Broncos punter a $3.9 million average, according to the Denver Post.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, left, talks to his brother Britton Colquitt of the Broncos.
Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, left, talks to his brother Britton Colquitt of the Broncos.
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Britton Colquitt's first punt in Denver's preseason opener sailed 49 yards to the San Francisco 49ers' three-yard line, where it was expertly downed by long snapper Aaron Brewer.

Two things became clear to me on that play: on a team stockpiled with weapons, Britton Colquitt is one himself. And the Broncos should work to keep him.

Today they announced they have done exactly that.

This year, Colquitt will be paid the 15th-highest salary in the NFL, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post. But the new money will surpass the amount the Kansas City Chiefs are paying his brother Dustin Colquitt.

In fact, over the course of his four year contact, Colquitt's average $3.9 million salary will make him the highest paid punter in the NFL.

The Broncos originally tendered Colquitt as an original-round restricted free agent this offseason, which I felt meant a long-term contract would be in the works. This new contract shows they definitely had a higher regard for Colquitt than their original contract suggested.