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But tagging Bowe isn’t a lock. Signing the Pro Bowler to a long-term contract extension in advance of Monday’s deadline would tilt the balance of Kansas City’s free agent situation heading into 2012.

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli reiterated at the NFL Scouting Combine that the team would like to keep both Bowe and Carr in Kansas City. Securing a long-term deal with Bowe before Monday’s deadline would allow the Chiefs to use the franchise tag on another player, presumably Carr.

If that were to occur, the chatter surrounding free agency would shift from its current state.

It’s an interesting thought. I think the Kansas City Chiefs would love to get a chance to take Griffin, but they will have a hard time putting together a winning package. Teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins will all offer better trades. The Chiefs have the No. 11 pick in the draft and the three other teams all pick higher in the first round. Adding Bowe would sweeten the pot. Still, I’m not sure if a package of Bowe and the No. 11 pick would be enough. The Chiefs would likely have to add, at least, a future first-round pick to the mix. That’s a steep price.

All use battery-powered, hand-held devices similar to the ones used to scan the bar codes on tickets at the gates of most big-time sporting events.

“The Chiefs are looking at it,” said Jeff Becker, vice president of Amano McGann, which first packaged that software with hardware from Motorola seven or eight years ago. His company and a couple of others are waiting to hear whether the front office will select one of them to outfit Arrowhead’s parking operation with the system, Becker said.

The Chiefs declined to say whether they will or will not pull the trigger in time for the 2012 season.

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