KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dustin Colquitt calls being released by the Chiefs in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic "an invitation to slow down."
He's binging Netflix with the family, punting and kicking with his sons and helping some of his five kids with schoolwork.
"I've got second grade and lower," Colquitt joked. "And Christia's got second grade and higher. That's kind of how we did it at our house."
Since being the Chiefs' third round pick in 2005, the Colquitts laid roots in Kansas City. Dustin has his TeamSmile Foundation. His wife Christia is a teacher.
No human has played more games for the Kansas City Chiefs than #2 Dustin Colquitt.
All that, of course, made it tougher to hear the news that the team had moved on from him.
"I had a year left on my contract that I had signed," Colquitt said. "So that was kind of one of those things that I didn't understand. They're going to try to go younger here. It's kind of a strange time to do that when you can't practice and get ready for a season."
But Colquitt said he understands the business side of it.
"I've seen tons of people that I've loved get cut and move to other cities and do other things. So when it happens to you and you have a lot of your eggs in one basket here and in a community and a church and your wife's teaching at a local school, it's just one of those things where you'd love for it to be here," he said. "But sometimes God has bigger plans."
What are those plans? Colquitt said he doesn't quite know.
He's talked to a couple teams that would be good fits.
"But right now I'm just relaxing and taking care of me. And just trying to be in the best shape for however this season folds out," Colquitt said.
Dustin also didn't rule out a return to the Chiefs.
"I'm ready for the next chapter, whatever that looks like," he said. "If that looks like I'm back here in Week 2 or if I'm somewhere else."
If Colquitt is, in fact, done with the Chiefs, at least he went out on top he says.
"I don't think you can ever replace that memory and always being able to come back to Arrowhead and share those good times," he said.