The Kansas City Chiefs and WR Dwayne Bowe have had a tumultuous relationship almost from day one. After he was drafted in the first round by the Chiefs in 2007, the wide receiver missed the first portion of training camp while he held out.
Just as Bowe was getting settled into his role on the team, new head coach Todd Haley came in and immediately focused on the out-of-shape playmaker. If the two of them being at odds weren’t bad enough for Bowe, he ended up getting suspended four games after testing positive for a diuretic.
Things only got worse between Bowe and the Chiefs this past offseason after GM Scott Pioli slapped him with the franchise tag. The receiver protested the lack of a long-term deal by staying away from the team all summer until nearly half of the preseason was already done.
With the two sides butting heads seemingly at ever turn, a report from Yahoo’s Jason Cole that Bowe wants out of town shouldn’t come as a surprise.
“Bowe wants out of KC very badly” Cole tweeted Wednesday. “Not exactly a revelation, but true.”
Pioli and owner Clark Hunt clearly have no interest in handing Bowe a big money deal. While they were busy locking up Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers and plenty of his teammates, Bowe was left with just the one-year franchise tender.
Though the circumstances are much different, the signals were the same last year with free agent CB Brandon Carr. Pioli and Hunt were never going to give Carr the same amount of guaranteed money Flowers took home. Considering his history, they are in no hurry to match the money recently given to other top receivers (Tampa Bay guaranteed $26 million to Vincent Jackson) for Bowe.
If the Chiefs were content simply tagging Bowe again, this wouldn’t be an issue. But with Branden Albert still needing a new deal, it would make sense for Kansas City to use their franchise tag on their left tackle over Bowe.
With the franchise currently going nowhere, it would make much more sense to get what you can for Bowe in the way of 2013 draft picks.