Is Tagging Dwayne Bowe Again Really the Best Move for the Chiefs?

February 27, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL deadline for applying the franchise tag is fast approaching on Monday, March 4 and the Kansas City Chiefs are still mulling over what they intend to do with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Options range from giving Bowe the franchise tag again (which results in Bowe receiving 120 percent of his 2012 salary), signing him to a long-term contract or allowing Bowe to test the free-agent market.
Of those three options, what is the best choice for the Chiefs from a short-term (2013 season only) and long-term perspective? Part of the challenge for new Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is to revamp a passing offense that was ranked dead last in the NFL in 2012.
Reading the tea leaves is difficult since nobody knows for sure who will be the Chiefs' starting quarterback in 2013. The decision might be to let Bowe walk if the quarterback is Matt Cassel, but they would want probably keep Bowe if the starter turns out to be Alex Smith or Nick Foles.
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