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“The Pro Bowl was fun,” he said. “I got a chance to see some of the better players in this league and go against them and compare yourself and actually talk to guys like Dwight Freeney, who is an elite pass rusher in this league and one of my favorite guys. Just talking to him and seeing where his mind is and how he prepares for games and vice versa … Being around those guys was a great experience.”

Has Bowe been a good soldier these last two seasons because he has truly changed? The point is that no one really knows, and that’s a problem when so much money is involved. On Tuesday, I asked several people around the Chiefs organization what they could expect from Bowe if he signed an extension and showed up to today’s practice session. Would he be in shape, or would he arrive overweight, as he did before the 2009 season — when he took a weight-loss substance, whether by accident (as he said) or not, that later got him suspended. Would his focus be what it was the last two seasons, or would his attention waver under first-year receivers coach Nick Sirianni, a talented but inexperienced position coach?

The cupcake was delivered while Siler was in the shower. After a brief period of confusion and investigation, Siler figured out the identity of his gift-giver.

It was fellow inside linebacker Jovan Belcher.

“That’s Belcher planting stuff to try and make me fat,” Siler laughed. “He’s trying to slow me down and make me fat since I’m always bragging about my six-pack.”

“I was just doing my responsibility,” Elam said of his interception. “I was coached to read (Boss) and locate the ball. I just went and made the play.”

Much like Siler at linebacker, Elam gives the Chiefs an experienced hand as a backup safety.

“He has some pro experience,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “He’s a smart young man, and he’s been in different systems. That’s one of his strong suits is that he can pick up and call defenses, and he has called the secondary in the past. That will bode well for our situation because if the two young guys aren’t back … you see out there without them, the young guys we do have make mistakes.”

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