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Dwayne Bowe signs franchise tender

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Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is ready to get back to work.

Bowe, the franchise player who has been absent from all offseason work, training camp and the start of the preseason, has now signed his franchise tender.

That means Bowe will play this season for a base salary of $9.5 million, and the signing now means he’ll have three weeks to get up to speed before the start of the regular season. There had been conflicting reports in the last couple of weeks about how soon Bowe would sign, but there was little doubt that he’d be ready to go for Week One, and now that is assured.

Bowe is the last of the franchise players to sign with his team. The list of high-profile NFL holdouts is now down to two: Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who hasn’t signed his one-year restricted free agent tender, and Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who has two years left on his current contract but is holding out in the hopes that the Jaguars will give him a new deal.

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37 Responses to “Dwayne Bowe signs franchise tender”
  1. yelix says: Aug 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    This is good news. Three weeks should be enough time for him to at least get a decent grasp of the offense. He’s had to learn a new offense almost every year of his career already.

  2. polarbear71 says: Aug 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    $9.5 million…that poor guy ,let’s start a fund !

  3. terraj35 says: Aug 17, 2012 1:59 PM

    Can anyone tell me what the point of holding out when your only choice is to sign the tender? Just seems like a dick move to your team. Nothing to gain but a lot to lose (reps in camp & risk of starting the season slow (chris johnson last year)).

  4. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Aug 17, 2012 2:01 PM

    and then he retired.

  5. yelix says: Aug 17, 2012 2:02 PM

    @terraj35

    He signed the day after they concluded training camp in St. Joe. Seems to me like he just didn’t want to go to training camp.

  6. txxxchief says: Aug 17, 2012 2:06 PM

    If Bowe has a poor season or winds up losing his starting gig to the up and coming Jon Baldwin, he’s hurt his potential for a big long term deal.

  7. Pat says: Aug 17, 2012 2:06 PM

    Neither Bowe nor Wallace were “holding out.” They weren’t signed to a contract, therefore that doesn’t make sense.

  8. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 17, 2012 2:07 PM

    9.5 mil. damn son you’re paid. why not take another three weeks off

  9. Pat says: Aug 17, 2012 2:08 PM

    If you sign your franchise tender you lose any leverage/motivation for your team to want to engage in long-term contract negotiations, that is why they don’t sign them right away.

  10. pettytom says: Aug 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    terraj35 says:Aug 17, 2012 1:59 PM

    Can anyone tell me what the point of holding out when your only choice is to sign the tender? Just seems like a dick move to your team. Nothing to gain but a lot to lose (reps in camp & risk of starting the season slow (chris johnson last year)).

    I can think of a pretty good reason. Not to get hurt in a worthless preseason game or in training camp and then lose out on a long term deal that can pay you more in the long run.

  11. ravenator says: Aug 17, 2012 2:15 PM

    But will Wallace sign? :)

  12. huskersrock1 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:16 PM

    I don’t understand the concept of holding out then signing late. Missed training camp can only hurt your performance in a “contract year”

  13. dave0320 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    My biggest question about Bowe: Will he have enough time to learn all Daboll’s shifts and motions and be up to spd on new O by Sept. 9?

  14. EJ says: Aug 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    I don’t understand these greedy players???
    $9.5 million is enough to live the rest of your life extremely comfortable, with no financial worries. That is just 1 seasons pay! Next year he will make even more if they decide to franchise him, otherwise he will get a huge long term contract. What is this guys problem? Greed will bring you down in the end Bowe. Be happy, your F-ing rich!

  15. niu32 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    Players hold out to avoid a training camp injury. Since they are only playing on a one year contract, if they get hurt they could lose a ton of money next year in free agency. Why goto camp and take the risk if you don’t have to? Sure it sucks for the team, but it makes sense if your in the players shoes.

  16. Patriot42 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    Bowe is playing for the other teams in the league as I don’t believe he has any intentions to make KC his long term home. He is hoping he will eventually land in one of the big media cities.

  17. milehigh26 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:25 PM

    Cant wait for Bailey to shut him down

  18. jetstizzi85 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:28 PM

    I understand the desire to get a long term deal so you have a sense of security but holding out not only hurts you but it hurts your teammates as well. I am glad the Chiefs held there ground on this and didnt give in too early.

  19. riverhorsey says: Aug 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    terraj35 says: Aug 17, 2012 1:59 PM

    Can anyone tell me what the point of holding out when your only choice is to sign the tender?
    ——————————————————

    Certain things they can still negotiate for bub. It’s not quite as simple as you seem to think.

  20. yelix says: Aug 17, 2012 2:42 PM

    @milehigh26

    In the Week 17 game at Mile High last year, Bowe had 6 catches for 93 yards matched up against Bailey. He left the game around halftime.

    Imagine what his final numbers would have been if he had played the whole game?

  21. richndc says: Aug 17, 2012 2:46 PM

    Seemed odd to me at his last presser when he turned around blasted a loud gasser right into the mic and yelled “daddy just blew all yall a lil kiss!”

  22. kcchiefsfandave says: Aug 17, 2012 2:51 PM

    Patriot42 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    Bowe is playing for the other teams in the league as I don’t believe he has any intentions to make KC his long term home. He is hoping he will eventually land in one of the big media cities.

    I don’t think there is any question he’ll be playing elsewhere after this year but I don’t think it will be because he didn’t want to stay with the Chiefs. It will be because the Chiefs won’t pay him.

  23. jca6610 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:52 PM

    Maybe Bowe does deserve some of the criticism he is getting here, but he really didn’t do anything wrong. He just didn’t want to go to training camp and without a signed contract, had no contractual obligation to show up. Chiefs fans forget that Tony Gonzalez did the same thing one preseason. Not that the two players are anything alike and the situations were somewhat different, but not too many bashed Tony G for doing it. Look at it this way. For the most part except Daboll, the coaching staff knows what they have in Bowe. Him being absent gave them more reps to evaluate the young guys. There’s probably more than a coin filp’s chance that Bowe is gone after this year anyway. Better to get it right on which young player(s) to keep right now.

  24. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Aug 17, 2012 2:59 PM

    Peyton Hillis is very disappointed in his teammate being such a greedy diva.

  25. kchoya says: Aug 17, 2012 3:01 PM

    @Pat – per the terms of the CBA, the team can’t engange in ANY negotations during the season. I fail to see your point.

  26. yelix says: Aug 17, 2012 3:03 PM

    @kcchiefsfandave

    The Chiefs won’t pay him because he’s probably asking for more than he’s earned. If he wants to be paid like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, then he has to prove that he can play like those guys first.

    A “very good receiver” does not deserve “great receiver” money.

  27. schmitty2 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:11 PM

    9.5 million for

    Week 1- 3 catches for 27 yards
    Week 2- 5 catches for 45 yards
    Week 3- 8 catches for 100 years and 2 td’s
    Week 4-1 catch for 13 yards
    Week 5- 3 catches for 23 yards
    Week 6-6 catches for 80 yards and a td

    You get the point

  28. milehigh26 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:31 PM

    @Yelix

    What about week 10? 2 rec, 17 yards.

    Shutdown.

  29. jbaxt says: Aug 17, 2012 3:42 PM

    @milehigh…

    I knew Bailey was slowing down but not to the point where he’s covering teams #2 receivers. He must be going downhill fast.

  30. kchoya says: Aug 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    @schmitty2 – I don’t get the point. What do those stats have to do with this thread?

    @milehigh26 – how about 6 rec, 93 yards in one half in week 17 with the Playoffs on the line?

  31. ninerhatersgetready4ring6 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:13 PM

    Bowe is a good receiver “Not Great” but good. Scott Pioli knows Bowe is not worthy of a long term contract this season. If he puts out good numbers this season, pay the man. If not, let him walk, simple as that.
    The only thing can remember about Bowe is the Monday Night game against Pittsburgh when he had alligator arms on a middle crossing route. 9.5 million is too much for an above average receiver…..

  32. johninthewest says: Aug 17, 2012 4:17 PM

    I think you fellas missed the point. He wants to play but not long term with the chefs organization. He won’t be around next year nor does he want to stick around in KC. Consider him a gonner after 2012! Bowe THINKS he’s worth the cash but reality is he is not as good as HE thinks he is. IMO A very overrated player who has the big headed NFL WR mentality.

  33. miztake82 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    My biggest question about Bowe: Will he have enough time to learn all Daboll’s shifts and motions and be up to spd on new O by Sept. 9?

    Dabolls Offense is not very complicated. Take it from a browns fan.

  34. jjackwagon says: Aug 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    He is the WR equivalent of Larry Johnson. LJ stopped playing as soon as he got paid. Bowe will do the same, except this time it won’t be the Chiefs paying the money.

  35. hedleykow says: Aug 17, 2012 5:23 PM

    I’m jealous. I’d settle for 9.5 dollars an hour. In fact, I’d work for food (and a 32 pack of Natural Light).

  36. grandpoopah says: Aug 17, 2012 5:42 PM

    Would the Chiefs have the option to franchise him again next season?

  37. jpopejoy says: Aug 17, 2012 9:51 PM

    Bowe didn’t show up to camp bc he didn’t want to go camp and sleep in a dorm room and go through the grueling workouts. He had no contract so why not?

    2nd. I agree w some posts above, Chiefs will try and short change him. He’s been a stud, even with and EXTREMELY mediocre qb in cassel. He still received for 1150+ yards and spent a lot of time with tyler Palko and a melting down Haley. He is a top 10 wr

    He deserves to get paid, and while Pioli has resigned every top player on the Chiefs since he’s been there, they’ve ALL signed for less than market value.

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