But the fact he still has yet to sign his tender, the former first round draft pick has NO incentive to do that until the week before the regular season begins.
For now, Bowe is in the catbird. But it's a seat that only hurts his team should he wait until the first week of the regular season to grab the cash.
Sure he wants to get paid more dollars but with the franchise offer in hand, he's risking $9.4 million dollars every day he fails to sign it.
Let's say on Tuesday, because he's yet to sign his franchise tender, he heads over to the local YMCA to shoot some hoops - and should he get hurt playing recreation ball - he's risking some serious Iron and the chance to make the IRS very happy.
As a side note, I'm not a fan of the franchise tag. I think the NFL needs to adopt a policy that states if the player designated with the franchise tag does not sign his tender prior to the NFL deadline, then he works under the last year of his contact or sits out the entire season without pay. Best yet, the NFL tagging system needs to be abolished altogether.
That aside, with one stroke of his pen, Bowe can make more money in 2012 than he did in the previous five years.
For the moment, he doesn't appear willing to do that. And that means even though he says he bleeds Chiefs red on Twitter, I can't see any scenario that puts him in his bunk at St. Joseph next week with the rest of his teammates.
On the flip side the Chiefs appear to be firm in their stance. They don't think, unlike some of their other superstar players left over from the Peterson/Edwards regime who have signed big deals, that the most prudent move is to place the franchise tags in 2012 and 2013 on Bowe.
I can see the Chiefs point in this. Had Bowe put together back-to-back seasons worthy of an All Pro selection, then maybe he does deserve the coin. And that's the leverage the Chiefs will continue to use until this stalemate ends.
Don't get me wrong there are NO winners in this war. Bowe loses out because he'll be behind the eight ball even further as new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, installs his new offense.
The Chiefs lose too because Bowe is the only player to hold out in what is the best 53-man roster this organization has had since the Hank Stram era. The franchise now has a distraction that takes away from the team.
All Bowe had to do before Monday's deadline was sign his tender. Now he's stuck with his cleats in the mud and has zero chance to get a contract extension until 2013.
Bowe's decision to not earnestly negotiate a new deal with management has some merits. That is however provided that Bowe could shop his services to another NFL team. That may or may not have happened. But had their been any interest in Bowe from any of the other 31 NFL teams, the Chiefs would have gladly sent him packing in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
In the NFL, GM's like the Chiefs, Scott Pioli, understands the coin flip on signing a player like Bowe to a mega-dollar contract. Off the field, the consensus around the NFL is that he's a roll of the dice player. He can look like an All Pro that can make play after play, or he'll lose concentration and drop some easy passes - and that's why the Chiefs aren't lining Bowe's pockets.
For the record the Chiefs can win without Bowe, I do believe that Jon Baldwin will be a playmaker for this team in 2012. And as of this writing, better or worse, Baldwin is the Chiefs #1 receiver. Veteran Steve Breaston, more a true slot receiver, will fill in on the outside. That means Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie will get their shots to play inside. Add tight ends, Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss to the mix and the Chiefs are pretty solid in their receiving unit.
At this point, having Bowe would be a nice luxury for the Chiefs to posses.
No matter your take on this issue, it's risky business. However, for the organization, it's the right stance to take.
As for Bowe, he has to live with the fact, he might enjoy the catbird seat in July but come next March, when the Chiefs franchise him for the second consecutive year, the view atop the perch won't be so pretty.
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