It hasn’t taken long for the new regime of the Chiefs to make an impression.
The Chiefs announced Monday they signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to new long-term contracts and placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden A lbert.
The moves come less than a week after new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid acquired quarterback Alex Smith from the 49ers for their second-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional selection in next year’s draft.
Albert will make $9.828 million next season.
Bowe sent out a tweet Monday with a photo of him on the phone that said: ‘‘On vacation till I got the call that changed my life. I wanna thank the Hunt Family & the Chiefs organization.’’
Financial terms of Bowe’s agreement were not immediately available.
The first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2007, Bowe has already become one of the most prolific pass-catchers in franchise history.
He’s started 82 games over the past six seasons, with 415 catches for 5,728 yards and 39 touchdowns — 15 coming in 2010, when he made the Pro Bowl.
Bowe has been the Chiefs’ leading receiver the past four seasons.
Colquitt’s new contract is for five years and $18.75 million, making him the highest-paid punter in the league. The Chiefs did not disclose his contract terms.
Eight play tag
Eight NFL teams used the franchise tag designation for the 2012 season.
In addition to Albert, Cowboys linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer and Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks were the latest to be tagged on Monday.
They joined previously tagged players that included Bills safety Jairus Byrd, Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady, and Colts punter Pat McAfee.
All eight are non-exclusive franchise players.
With the non-exclusive tag, the player’s team has the right to match any offer sheet, or get two first-round draft picks in return for allowing him to leave.
Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.
Last year, 21 players received the franchise tag.
The Ravens avoided using the franchise tag by officially re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million contract.
The free agency signing period begins March 12.
Revis on the mend
Darrelle Revis is moving closer to getting back on the football field. Whether that’s with the Jets next season remains to be seen. Jets general manager John Idzik said during a conference call with season ticket-holders that there is encouraging news from doctors on Revis’s rehabilitation from a torn ligament in his left knee. ‘‘By all accounts, by his doctor’s accounts, he’s doing very well,’’ Idzik said. ‘‘By their estimation, he’s ahead of schedule.’’ But Idzik wouldn’t address the cornerback’s murky contract situation. ‘‘Darrelle is a very valued player on our team,’’ he said. ‘‘Our focus is squarely on getting him healthy, getting him back to his level of play.’’ Coach Rex Ryan denied all Revis trade rumors. “I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to that,’’ he said . . . Idzik would not reveal the team’s plan for backup quarterback Tim Tebow. “He’s currently on our roster,’’ said the GM. “What we’re doing is we’re trying to increase competition at that position.’’ . . . Ryan, when asked if his team would consider doing HBO’s “Hard Knocks’’, said, “We don’t anticipate this year.” . . . Veteran cornerback William Gay agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Steelers, a move that should give the team some insurance if unrestricted free agent Keenan Lewi s decides to play elsewhere. Financial terms were not disclosed. Gay spent the first five seasons of his career in Pittsburgh before signing with the Cardinals last spring . . . The Cowboys released safety Gerald Sensabaugh to clear more room under the salary cap. The team reported on its website that the move saves $1.4 million under the cap, and the Cowboys avoid paying his $3 million salary in 2013 . . . Raiders offensive lineman Mike Brisiel restructured his contract to give the team salary cap relief. Brisiel converted $3 million of his $4.35 million base salary into a guaranteed roster bonus paid next week. Brisiel is in the second year of a $20 million, five-year contract . . . The Colts signed defensive tackle Fili Moala to an undisclosed contract extension. Moala could have become an unrestricted free agent next week. The team confirmed the deal, but did not release terms . . . The Browns announced they will not raise season-ticket prices for the 2013 season.