Things could get very interesting around the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday before they ever officially make a decision on their first round choice in the NFL Draft.
That’s because WR Dwayne Bowe, currently unsigned but assigned the team’s franchise tag, could sign his tender due to concerns the Chiefs will take another receiver in the first round and then remove the franchise tag. This all according to a report from Pro Football Talk.
There have been concerns the team and Bowe wouldn’t be able to agree on a long-term deal, but it was widely assumed the receiver would sign his tender and play the year out. Now he could be on his way out of town or staying on a much cheaper deal than Bowe originally thought he’d get.
I was ready to scoff at the thought of the Chiefs pulling their tag, but it would make financial sense. If Kansas City pulls the $9.5 tender, where will Bowe get that kind of money on the open market?
Teams aren’t exactly swimming in cap space at this point in the offseason, leaving Bowe without a ton of suitors.
Most likely, this is just GM Scott Pioli putting heat on the Bowe and his agent to sign the tender so they can avoid any sort of delay getting him into camp this summer. But it’s still worth watching to see if the Chiefs would be willing to pull the trigger on a receiver like Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd.