As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs have used the franchise tag on WR Dawayne Bowe.
This is good news for the Kansas City offense, which struggled last season without Jamaal Charles and QB Matt Cassel. Bowe was one of the lone bright spots on offense. He put up very similar numbers in terms of yards in 2011 as he did in 2010. His TD’s were down and his average yards per catch dropped a bit but that can largely be attributed to a combination of things, including Tyler Palko, Todd “Crazy Train” Haley and the loss of Charles.
With a hopefully solidified QB situation in 2012 and a full offseason of work with Jonathan Baldwin, Tony Moeaki, Steve Breaston and Dexter McCluster, Bowe should be able to return to his Pro Bowl form.
The Chiefs and Bowe will likely continue to work on hammering out a long-term deal but for now, the Chiefs can relax knowing that their best receiver is locked up for 2012.
This also means that CB Brandon Carr is likely to depart in free agency. The Chiefs have until March 13 to reach a deal with Carr.