Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has already stated that he has no problem being the recipient of the franchise tag and that he understands the business side of the NFL.
But that doesn’t mean he’s going to go all in for a team that won’t go all in for him.
According to Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com and NFL Network, Bowe is among a number of franchised players that are not expected to report when offseason programs kick off on Monday.
Things will become more high profile next week. Drew Brees, Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, Ray Rice and Matt Forte are among the franchised stars who, barring a major shift in negotiations, won’t be present when their teams open offseason work, according to league sources. It would take an unforeseen degree of progress in talks over the weekend to get any of them signed long-term — highly unlikely at this point.
I don’t blame him. Bowe has been a great player for the Chiefs. He’s settled down the last couple of years and deserves to be paid. Right now, sitting out the voluntary workouts is pretty much all the leverage Bowe has. If the Chiefs want their offense to hit the ground running, especially considering they have a new offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll, Bowe not being at the workouts could set them back a bit. His threatened absence might encourage them to work a little harder to get a long-term deal done.
The Chiefs have until July 15th to sign Bowe to a long-term deal. If they do not get a deal done by then, Bowe will be able to play the entire season under the tag.