Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe received the club’s franchise tag this year. Talks for a long term deal between Bowe and the franchise never got heated up this offseason, and it’s very possible that the receiver could be playing his last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bowe has been an enigma during his career with the Chiefs, considered by many to have an inflated ego.Bowe has two options at this point after not signing his tender, he can show up and play for $9.5 million this season, or he can holdout while demanding a new long-term contract.
The Chiefs could place the franchise tag on Bowe again next season, but that move would cost the club $11.4 million for the 2013 season. Kansas City could be planning on simply seeing how Bowe responds on the field this year under head coach Romeo Crennel and then come to a long term agreement with the receiver if he has a successful season.
The Chiefs could also possibly decide they simply wish to part ways with Bowe after this season if his play is elevated on the field. Kansas City could be banking on improvement out of second-year receiver Jon Baldwin and could be grooming him to become the team’s number one receiver after this season.
Bowe is coming off back-to-back 1,100 yard seasons with 20 touchdowns in the last two seasons and would generate significant interest on the free agent market.