Romeo Crennel and the Kansas City Chiefs wrap up their 2012 offseason this week with a mandatory three-day mini-camp kicking off Tuesday. Despite this batch of workouts being mandatory, there won’t be a big difference in who attends, specifically WR Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe, the Chiefs franchise player, has yet to sign his tender and has no incentive to show up this week. Unlike players signed, but unhappy with their deal — like Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars — Bowe is not subject to the fines up to $60,000.
Barring any team-cleared personal business, we should see all 89 players not named Bowe in the building Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The absence of Bowe isn’t the only thing that won’t change from the rest of the OTAs. Crennel told the Chiefs official site the workouts will be similar, just a little longer.
“It’s the same deal,” Crennel said. “We can have an extended walk-through. The length of time that you can have with them on the field gets extended, but part of it has to be a walk-through.”
More than anything, these few days are important because it’s the final time for Crennel to establish with his players what he expects from them while they are away for six weeks before training camp opens in St. Joseph.
Over the last couple of seasons Chiefs players knew they had former head coach Todd Haley’s conditioning test waiting for them. This season no one knows what to expect from Crennel, but it’s safe to say the focus on conditioning won’t be nearly as extreme as it was under Haley.