According to Pro Football Talk, Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe plans to sign his franchise tender some time before the start of the NFL regular season.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bowe plans to show before the regular season begins.
It’s not uncommon for franchise players to stay away until the days preceding the start of the regular season. Since the player isn’t under contract, he can’t be fined. And since the franchise level play doesn’t commence until the real games start, the player gets his full salary if he makes it back in time for the first regular-season game.
We assumed this was the case but it nice to hear a report confirming that.
Bowe doesn’t have to show up until the Tuesday after Week 10. After that date, Bowe would not get credit for an NFL season in which case the Chiefs could franchise him again at the same level.
The problem is, there is too much money on the line for Bowe not to be there for each week of the regular season. That means he will likely stay home until a week or so before the games start getting played.
As I’ve pointed out before, this is a stupid move on Bowe’s part. His absence will almost certainly set him back and there is no telling what effect that could have on the KC offense early on in the season.
There is no getting around it. The longer Bowe stays away, the more he is screwing his teammates. The Chiefs won’t be as good Week 1 as they would have been had Bowe been practicing with them from the beginning.
Way to go Dwayne.