Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is not at training camp, according to multiple media reports.
Bowe has refused to sign his franchise tender and he now has no other choice but to play the 2012 season under the tag because the deadline for the Chiefs and Bowe reaching a long term deal has passed.
The fact that Bowe is choosing not to attend camp could mean that relations between the WR and the team are worse than we thought.
Keep in mind that Bowe is not under contract with the Chiefs. The team holds his rights but he cannot be fined for not showing up. In fact, Bowe could drag this out well into the season if he likes without penalty. At a certain point he will have to report, however, or he will not gain an eligible year of play. If that were to happen, the Chiefs would simply be able to franchise him again at the same level, delaying Bowe’s shot at free agency yet another year.
I think Bowe is making a big, big mistake here. He is not only hurting the team, he is hurting himself. Missing camp will put Bowe behind and it may even land him on the bench. That means his on-field performance will suffer, thus lowering his value if he does hit free agency next year. The best thing Bowe could do for himself is show up and have a great season.
It stinks that Bowe isn’t getting the deal he wants but you know what? $9 million is nothing to sneeze at. I have supported Bowe’s staying away during OTAs but now that the deadline has passed, I can no longer get on board. Before it was a leverage game. Now Bowe just looks to be reinforcing all the negative things that have been written about him over the years.
Get to work, Bowe.