WR Dwayne Bowe’s stand-off has ended. The Chiefs announced Friday that the wide receiver has signed his franchise free-agent tender and has reported to camp.
Bowe had been holding out, reportedly unhappy that he did not have a long-term contract. But with the deadline passed this season to sign a multiyear agreement, Bowe didn’t have much in the way of a bargaining position.
There had been reports that Bowe was in the Kansas City area a week ago, but he had not signed his tender until Friday. Bowe is not expected to play Saturday in the team's preseason game against the Rams.
Now playing on a one-year contract that will pay him more than $9.5 million, Bowe will seek to build on his career in order to cash in next offseason. He has 356 receptions for 4,927 yards and 36 TDs in 75 career games (70 starts). Last season, Bowe caught 81 passes for 1,159 yards — both his second-highest season totals — and five TDs.
The way we see it
The Chiefs stood firm, held their ground and got Bowe in camp. They played hardball and won. Expect to see him in the third preseason game, and Bowe’s timing should be fine prior to the regular season with more than three weeks to go before the Week One game against the Falcons in Kansas City.
The Chiefs are in good shape at wideout, with Bowe, Jon Baldwin (who has had an excellent camp), Steve Breaston and Dexter McCluster headlining the group. The passing attack should be more dangerous and diverse with RBs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis and TEs Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss in the fold and QB Matt Cassel back in action after the Chiefs’ offense was riddled with injuries a year ago.