According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Kansas City Chiefs have reached a long-term contract extension with WR Dwayne Bowe of Five years.
Chiefs didn’t use tag on WR Dwayne Bowe because they didn’t have to. Chiefs and Bowe have reached agreement on a five-year deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2013
The Chiefs likely got the deal done just before the franchise tag deadline, which passed at 4 PM eastern.
As as result, the team has used the franchise tag on LT Branden Albert
This is the best possible outcome for the Chiefs and the fans have got to be thrilled. By locking up Bowe and Albert for 2013, the Chiefs can take pretty much any player they would like in the 2013 NFL Draft.
For a long time, the Chiefs were projected to take either QB Geno Smith from West Virginia or LT Luke Joeckel out of Texas A & M.
But the Alex Smith trade (which is not yet official) and the return of Bowe and Albert changes the game for the Chiefs. The team no longer has a big need at tackle and WR, moving CB and defensive line to the front of the line.
I’d have to say that Alabama CB Dee Milliner could become the new favorite among Chiefs fans to be the No. 1 pick. If things did go down that way, Milliner would be the first CB to ever be taken with the first pick in the draft.
One last thing to think about here. Could the Chiefs be considering going for Geno Smith after all?