The Kansas City Chiefs have decided to use their franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe. The move was expected with the two sides unable to agree on a long-term contract.
Locking up Bowe for 2012 all but guarantees that CB Brandon Carr has played his final snap with the Chiefs. The free agent will be one of the most sought after defensive players when the signing period opens, making his price too rich for Clark Hunt’s liking.
When he signs the franchise tender, Bowe will earn roughly $9.5 million, quite the raise from the $3 million he made in 2011.
“Today was the league’s deadline to designate a franchise player and we felt it was in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs to place the tag on Dwayne,” GM Scott Pioli said in a statement.
Bowe followed up a career year in 2010 with a solid effort last season, despite the Chiefs offense stalling thanks to injuries and three quarterbacks. The wide receiver hauled in 81 passes for 1,159 yards, including five touchdowns.
With quarterback once again a question, it was vital to keep Bowe in Kansas City. Along with Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin, he will give new Chiefs coordinator Brian Daboll three big play options in his first year at the helm.
It should be noted the Chiefs would have had to pay about a million more if they wanted to tag Carr. Being able to sign free agent CB Stanford Routt to a reasonable deal was a bigger factor in the decision, but any time the Chiefs have the option to cut a smaller check, it’s worth mentioning.