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Chiefs Franchise Tag Final Predictions

The Kansas City Chiefs have just under three hours to place the franchise tag on one of their impending free agents.

But who will it be?

The Candidates:

Dwayne Bowe
Branden Albert
Glenn Dorsey
Dustin Colquitt

The Case:

Dwayne Bowe:

Bowe is a former first-round pick and has long been the Chiefs’ best receiver. He was franchised last season by the previous organization while CB Brandon Carr was allowed to sign a monster deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Bowe has proven his worth over and over again and frankly, the Chiefs have no better options. Locking up Bowe long-term would be preferable but the KC offense can’t afford to lose its only legit receiving threat.

Branden Albert:

Albert is also a former first-round pick. He played guard in college but has developed into one of the better pass blocking LTs in the NFL. Albert is facing a buyer’s market when it comes to tackles this offseason. There should be plenty of depth at the position in free agency and the draft. Albert may think he is heading toward a big payday but he could end up getting less than he expects.

Franchising Albert would allow the Chiefs to turn their attention elsewhere with the #1 pick in the 2013 NF Draft. Albert’s best hope at getting franchised will be if the Chiefs either sign Dwayne Bowe to a long-term deal or decide to risk parting ways with the receiver.

Glenn Dorsey:

Dorsey was drafted by the Herm Edwards, Carl Peterson regime. After a slow start to his career, Dorsey found a role as a 3-4 run-stopper. Whether it was the scheme holding him back or a lack of talent, Dorsey has never shown the pocket-collapsing ability he was expected to have when he was drafted. The Chiefs have already paid Dorsey a ton of money and while he is a fine player, he isn’t worth spending the big bucks on.

Still, KC may be forced to cut Tyson Jackson, so not franchising Dorsey could mean the Chiefs will need two starting defensive ends. Considering both Dorsey and Jackson were first-round picks, losing them both in one season would be a blow.

Dustin Colquitt:

Colquitt is one of the best punters in the NFL and just made his first Pro Bowl. Franchising kickers and punters is cheap and it would allow the Chiefs to hang on to one of the league’s best at pinning opposing team’s inside the 20.

The downside, of course, is that franchising Colquitt would mean KC can’t guarantee the return of Bowe, Dorsey or Albert.

Time for final predictions. Let us know your vote in the comments.

Who will the Chiefs franchise?

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  • Patrick Allen

    I went with Bowe but I really wish they’d just sign him and franchise Albert and see where we are next year.

    • Jim Harper

      My thoughts exactly. But if there has to one Bowe makes the most sense. Chiefs can ill afford to lose a receiver of his caliber, and drafting one won’t give us enough experience at that position. I am hoping Reid can get Baldwin squared away.

    • Jason Seibel

      I’m with you. Paying Bowe $20 million in two years on franchise tag money is ridiculous.

  • chiefer

    I hope they sign both bowe and Albert. And then trade back in the first round.

  • family man

    Sign Bowe and TAG dorsey Its easy to see that the chiefs front office has given up on albert If they found a way to keep all of these guys we would be a much better team

  • Michael Shaw

    I don’t think they franchise anyone. I think they might make a run at Jennings, draft Tavon Austin some how.

  • chiefridgy

    Just for the fact that we haven’t heard anything about bowe and contract negotiations Lately….I have to go with Bowe being franchised today.

    • Troy Utt

      Was kind of what I was thinking… But with as late in the day as it is getting to be I am starting to wonder??? I would have thought we would have a snip-it of something by now, with as many pieces we still need!

  • cd

    Who cares the DE’s were both first rounders, overpaid and havent lived up to expectation. Get rid of them!

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  • Michael Shaw

    Wow! Still no word. Maybe they AREN’T going to tag anyone. I was joking earlier, but now I am starting to wonder…………………………..

  • ArrowFan

    who ever doesn’t get tagged it will be less than 50/50 that they play in a chiefs uni next year. I think we can get Dustin and Dorsey with out the tag for reasonable contracts however Albert or Bowe will not be coming back unless they get top 5 money at their positions. I think either can be resonantly replaced in FA so it is not the end of the world if they walk. It also doesn’t guarantee we pick a LT with our 1st pick if Albert leaves either. However if Albert leaves and we do not sign a FA LT then we will defiantly pick one with our 1st pick.

  • gjrchief

    Interesting though… my guess is that Bowe will get a bigger deal on the open market… meaning we would get a higher compensatory pick for losing him in next years draft. What’s better, keeping bowe and a 4th or keeping albert and a 3rd?

  • Pat Nachbar

    Franchise tag Albert use Bowe for a trade I don’t see why every one is so high on Bowe he’s not a fast receiver and has and almost can never make the clutch catch . Get rid of Bowe trade him