There are going to be a lot of big decisions to be made this offseason for the Kansas City Chiefs. Besides figuring out what to do with their (likely) high pick in the first round, they will also need to commit major dollars to keep some key free agents.
DE Glenn Dorsey, T Branden Albert and WR Dwayne Bowe (among others) will all be free agents after the season. With just one franchise tag at their disposal, owner Clark Hunt will need to finally open his wallet if he wants to keep any combination of free agents.
Bowe was a free agent last season, but the Chiefs quickly slapped him with the franchise tag, something that clearly didn’t sit well with the wide receiver. Since the team and his agent were unable to work out a long term deal, Bowe didn’t report until after training camp was over.
“I never said I didn’t want to be here. I never said that. This is where it started for me. This is where people know me from. That’s crazy to me,” Bowe told Teicher. “When I heard that, I was like, ‘Where did that come from?’ I never said I wanted out. Please clear that up for me. Do I play like I don’t want to be here?”
Will he feel the same way if the Chiefs once again use the franchise tag to prevent him from hitting free agency?
“We’ll have to see how all that goes. All I can do is continue to play my best here to make it happen.”
“It” is a new lucrative long-term contract. Most likely starting in the neighborhood of the guaranteed $26 million Tampa Bay handed out to Vincent Jackson.
Does anyone have confidence in Hunt handing out a lot of money this offseason? I wouldn’t be surprised if he franchised Albert and let Bowe walk just to avoid having to hand out a huge long-term deal.
This way he would be able to sit on his hands for one more season before extending Albert after the 2013 season and not have to guarantee Bowe anywhere near $30 million.