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Pioli says Chiefs hope to re-sign Carr, Bowe

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The Chiefs’ acquisition of cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday decreased significantly the likelihood that the Chiefs will use the franchise tag on cornerback Brandon Carr.  It also increased significantly the likelihood that the franchise tag will be used on receiver Dwayne Bowe.

On Tuesday, General Manager Scott Pioli told WHB radio in Kansas City that the Chiefs will try to work out a deal with both players.

“The signing of Stanford Routt does not impact where we’re at with Brandon Carr,” Pioli said.  “As a matter of fact, Romeo [Crennel] and I both reached out to Brandon yesterday as this was unfolding and talked to him.  I spoke personally with Brandon, and without getting into the details of what that conversation was, he knows and he’s known before that he’s someone that we want to try and keep here and he’s still someone we want to keep a Chief.  This signing doesn’t eliminate the feelings that we have for Brandon and how we want to have him here.  He knows that.  He wants to be here.  We want him here.  And we’re going to try to work.  If both sides find a deal that makes sense for one another, we’d love to have Brandon back.”

Pioli echoed those same sentiments as to Bowe.  “We’re hopeful to re-sign Dwayne,” Pioli said.  “One way or another, we would love to have Dwayne back here as a Chief.  And just like Brandon, we would like to find a way to keep the good players that we have.  The important part is that you have to come to an agreement.  Dwayne is a player — again without getting into the specifics — but we’ve had conversations with Dwayne’s representatives as well as Brandon’s, and truthfully, a number of other players of ours that are free agents or are about to become free agents in a couple of weeks.  We’ve been trying to get players signed and we are going to continue to do that right up until whatever that date is and then when free agency starts, we are going to continue to try to sign some of those players or players from other teams.”

Some would say the Chiefs have more than enough cap room to sign both guys.  But Pioli explained that the $63 million number recently publicized doesn’t reflect incentives and escalators from 2011 that hit the cap in 2012.  He said that roughly $25 million will be consumed by such payments, which puts the real cap bulge in the neighborhood of $38 million.

Regardless, the Chiefs have $38 million to play with.  Unlike, say, the Steelers, who are still scrambling to eliminate $25 million in cap excesses for 2012.

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27 Responses to “Pioli says Chiefs hope to re-sign Carr, Bowe”
  1. lionpride10 says: Feb 21, 2012 8:32 PM

    Brandon Carr to Detroit. Count it. GVSU baby!

  2. nineroutsider says: Feb 21, 2012 8:33 PM

    Well you can strike Bowe’s name from the FA list. This also make VJax’s asking price go up. DJax is also staying put it seems. Not good for teams with WR needs.

  3. philtration says: Feb 21, 2012 8:41 PM

    I hope they do not franchise Bowe.

    I want the Bears to get at least two new receivers and Bowe would be a huge upgrade over their current group. Give Jay Cutler somebody… ANYBODY to throw to.

  4. katrinasafterbirth says: Feb 21, 2012 8:42 PM

    I might be interested if the Chiefs were a contender, but this team is dreadful on offense. Nice trade for Cassel. If you can’t beat out Matt Leinart, you aren’t very good.

  5. raiderapologist says: Feb 21, 2012 8:46 PM

    What the Chiefs are saying is that Carr isn’t worth a tag, and they are correct.

  6. ottawabrave91 says: Feb 21, 2012 8:47 PM

    The chiefs get to keep both? Good things like that dont happen to the chiefs, i been a fan my whole life and never seen anyhting like that

  7. d2thejr says: Feb 21, 2012 8:58 PM

    Chiefs in 2012- Best defense in football!

  8. riverhorsey says: Feb 21, 2012 8:59 PM

    Carr is gone. The Pink Panther has spoken.

  9. radrntn says: Feb 21, 2012 9:00 PM

    oh, so BSPN was incorrect. thats a first.

  10. anrgydeafman says: Feb 21, 2012 9:01 PM

    It would be nice to see the Chiefs keep more homegrown players than let them go…unfortunately, this Carr situation scares me.

  11. dthomas58 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:07 PM

    katrinasafterbirth says:
    Feb 21, 2012 8:42 PM
    I might be interested if the Chiefs were a contender, but this team is dreadful on offense. Nice trade for Cassel. If you can’t beat out Matt Leinart, you aren’t very good.

    Sir, KC is a contender next year. They were dreadful on offense because their star RB was out from week 2 on. They lost a great young TE in preseason week 4. KC won 7 games and beat GB without Pro Bowl RB, S, QB, and young good TE in Moeaki. Next year the west is back in KCs hands.

  12. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Feb 21, 2012 9:09 PM

    i bet pioli was wearing a sweater vest and a trench coat during the interview. what a mean, smug nerd that little guy is.

  13. wtfpft says: Feb 21, 2012 9:59 PM

    d2thejr says:
    Feb 21, 2012 8:58 PM
    Chiefs in 2012- Best defense in football!

    41, 48, 31, 34, 37, that’s what your “best defense in football” gave up in 2011, keep dreaming.

    dthomas58 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:07 PM
    Sir, KC is a contender next year. They were dreadful on offense because their star RB was out from week 2 on. They lost a great young TE in preseason week 4. KC won 7 games and beat GB without Pro Bowl RB, S, QB, and young good TE in Moeaki. Next year the west is back in KCs hands.

    You know it’s the offseason when the delusional chiefs fans come out and forget all about the team they actually have. Keep telling yourself that Cassel will lead you to the promise land.

  14. whodeytn says: Feb 21, 2012 10:16 PM

    I might be interested if the Chiefs were a contender, but this team is dreadful on offense. Nice trade for Cassel. If you can’t beat out Matt Leinart, you aren’t very good.

    Sir, KC is a contender next year. They were dreadful on offense because their star RB was out from week 2 on. They lost a great young TE in preseason week 4. KC won 7 games and beat GB without Pro Bowl RB, S, QB, and young good TE in Moeaki. Next year the west is back in KCs hands.
    ——-

    You must be watching a different team…

  15. jbaxt says: Feb 21, 2012 10:17 PM

    Pioli is actually pretty big. If they can keep Carr, make Routt a nickel back that would be big. They still need a rb, dt, Ilb, rt, and te. A couple u can hope to get in the draft but they’re about 5 players short of a SB run.

  16. oldbyrd says: Feb 21, 2012 10:19 PM

    Bo for D Jack inPhila….straight up

  17. crise40g says: Feb 21, 2012 10:58 PM

    No way they keep both Carr and Bowe. Saying so is just wishful thinking.

  18. gator2006 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:02 PM

    the patriot way!

  19. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 21, 2012 11:12 PM

    Chiefs are putting together a nice team on paper. Still need a serious qb option…

  20. chadinkc30 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:17 PM

    They had injuries? What team didn’t? They finished last in their division for a reason & are notoriously the cheapest team in the division! Not to mention haven’t won a playoff game in 19 years

  21. dthomas58 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:48 PM

    chadinkc30

    NO team had injuries like KC! Name me a team that loses a Pro Bowl RB, Pro Bowl Safety, great young TE for the whole year! And still beat the Packers?

    Ya we gave up alot of points early on but that was because our HC didnt have the team prepared and that’s been known. Then the crap HC plays Palko! We held down NE to 10 in the first half before the D gave up because they knew Palko was garbage.
    Cheapest team just went out and signed a CB.
    Cassel hasnt been great because his oline is awful. They’ll add OG and RT and have a good line with weapons! I never said Cassel will lead KC to SB but he’s never had consistent OC and with a HC constantly changing gameplans night before games no QB would be successful. This D will be top 10 next year. Shut down PIT, GB, NE for a half

  22. riverhorsey says: Feb 22, 2012 12:29 AM

    Chiefs won’t go anywhere without a QB anyway.

  23. joetoronto says: Feb 22, 2012 6:30 AM

    With all that cap space, there’s no excuses at all, none. Spend the money or screw your fans.

    My money is on the screw job.

  24. torturedraiderfan says: Feb 22, 2012 6:45 AM

    Signing Routt was the best thing that could have happened to the rest of the AFC West. Now teams don’t have to worry about running the ball. Just throw it in Routt’s direction and walk off the penalty years. Sweet.

  25. chadinkc30 says: Feb 22, 2012 8:40 AM

    I’m pretty sure the Raiders had more injuries & still managed to go 8-8. You signed Routt, because you didn’t want to pay Carr, so yes that’s another cheap decision!

  26. capslockkey says: Feb 22, 2012 10:48 AM

    “I’m pretty sure the Raiders had more injuries”

    The Raiders had quite a few injuries, but they happened later in the season and actually got some use out of those guys. Moeaki, Charles, and Berry were all out by the first quarter of the second game.

  27. nondelusionalchiefsfan1 says: Feb 23, 2012 8:22 AM

    Chiefs! They will be contenders. They will bring Carr and bowe back. The injuries killed us in 2011 along with the worst HC in football we had no decent backups for the guys we lost (sabby piscitelli john McGraw Leonard Pope Jackie battle and two yard Thomas Jones) are not worthy starters. Anyone who saw them play knows this. Also Barry Richardson is a sissy rt- worst PLAYER in the league giving up Gaither was a HUGH mistake. CHIEFS will fix these issues and make a run.

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