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If anyone was worried about whether or not Dwayne Bowe would come along quickly once he finally returned to the Kansas City Chiefs after his holdout, he's got the media part down just fine. In the latest Q&A with Bowe from the team's practice session at Arrowhead on Wednesday, Bowe was as boring and, well, Chiefs-like as they come. We'll let you take it all in to enjoy the full 22 seconds of insight you'll gain:
Q: How's it coming along?
BOWE: "I'd say it's coming along very, very well, learning the offense, learning the terms and getting up to speed."
Q: What's the toughest part?
BOWE: "The toughest part is just getting acclimated, getting out here with the team, the new guys, new words and just learning them. It's coming along pretty smooth."
Q: Are you ready to play in a game yet?
BOWE: "I think so. Coach says I'm ready with what I've been looking at. I'm going to go play until he tells me not to."
Q: How much do you think you can handle?
BOWE: "I can handle as much as I can until Coach says, ‘You're out.'"
Q: Do you think you've got everything that you wanted by staying out?
BOWE: "I'm here now, feeling good, learning the plays, so that's all I can ask for."
Q: What do you want from yourself Friday night?
BOWE: "To continue from where I left off. Be dominant catching the ball, finishing, blocking downfield and helping this team win."
Consider yourself illuminated.
For more on the Kansas City Chiefs, check out the far less boring discussion and analysis at Arrowhead Pride.
Dwayne Bowe finally ended a long saga of sitting out when he signed his franchise tender on Aug. 17 after missing out on all of the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp. The Chiefs had been waiting to see if Bowe would be available to play against the Seattle Seahawks. Fortunately for KC, it looks like he will be playing, as reported by Josh Looney on Twitter.
According to head coach Romeo Crennel, Bowe will be getting "a couple plays here and there."
Dwayne Bowe will play Friday night vs Seattle. "a couple plays here and there," Coach Crennel said.— Josh Looney (@JoshLooney) August 22, 2012
Bowe will only have a couple of practices and the two preseason games in order to tune himself up for the upcoming NFL season.
Curious if Dwayne Bowe will suit up for the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday against the Seattle Seahawks? Wondering if he'll be ready for the Chiefs' season opener against the Atlanta Falcons? The Pro Bowl wide receiver isn't saying.
Bowe, who after initially holding out this preseason recently signed the team's franchise tender to get back to practice, spoke to reporters following Monday's practice. The guys at Arrowhead Pride have the video and transcript.
Coy as he is about returning to the field in the interview, Bowe does talk about how hard he's working since returning, coming in extra early and staying extra late to catch up on terminology from new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's playbook with quarterback Matt Cassel.
Behind the curve already, fans are likely just antsy to know if Bowe will start when the season does. If Bowe knows, he's not saying:
"Only time will tell. I'm here early. I'm staying late. I'm trying to expedite the opportunity to get out there and play as soon as possible."
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who ended his holdout by signing the team's franchise tender Friday, is busy completing the three-day acclimation period mandated by the league's collective bargaining agreement. Under the CBA, a player is prohibited from wearing pads or participating in contact drills until a three-day "acclimation period" is complete.
Bowe finished two of those three days over the weekend, going through a strength and conditioning session following his signing Friday and attending team meetings Saturday. Monday's practice will complete the no-contact period. As Josh Looney at Chiefs Insider reports, Bowe will still have plenty to do:
The Chiefs return to a training camp practice schedule on Monday with a morning walk-thru followed by an afternoon practice. Bowe is permitted to attend all team meetings and walk-thrus while undergoing a three-day acclimation period outlined in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"The walk-thru is where we go through all of our alignments, our adjustments and formations - he can go through all of that with the team," General Manager Scott Pioli explained on the Chiefs preseason broadcast. "Later on in the afternoon practice he won't be in pads, but he can go through the agility and receiver drills until the defense comes."
While his contractual acclimation period may be complete Monday, Bowe's actual acclimation period with the Chiefs' new offense could take considerably longer:
"He's a whole training camp behind," head coach Romeo Crennel said after Saturday's game. "There's a lot. New offense, new terminology - there's lots of stuff that he has to learn."
"We're obviously excited to have him back, but we've got to get him acclimated," said quarterback Matt Cassel. "I know that the coaching staff and I will do everything we can to get him up to speed as fast as we can.
"We have great coaches here and a lot of people dedicated to helping people learn. These guys have been embracing challenges already and will do a great job helping him learn it. I'm sure Dwayne is up for the challenge and he'll do a great job trying to learn the new playbook."
The Chiefs return to action August 24 against Seattle at Arrowhead Stadium. No word yet on whether Bowe will participate.
The primary questions being asked at the Kansas City Chiefs training camp over the last two weeks have centered on one of two subjects: the return of the "ACL crew" from injury rehab (Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki) and the holdout of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. But now that Bowe has officially signed his franchise tender on the eve of the end of training camp in St. Joseph, the questions have not stopped. Instead it seems that Bowe getting into camp was only the first step of many.
This season the Chiefs have a brand new offense installed with Brian Daboll at the helm. With a new head coach, offensive scheme and playbook and a change in personnel all around, KC-area media have made a lot of noise about the need of Bowe to get into camp and acclimate himself to game-ready physical conditions as well as the changes in the offense and the roster.
These reports are right; Bowe does face significant work ahead for the 2012 season. ESPN's Bill Williamson puts it well when he describes the work ahead for the LSU product.
"By reporting now he ensured he can be ready to help this team make a serious playoff push when the Chiefs open the season by hosting Atlanta on Sept. 9," writes Williamson. "Bowe has to accomplish two things in the next 23 days: He needs to get into football shape and he needs to get acclimated to new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's system."
Yet let's not lose sight of the bigger picture here: Bowe has significant experience playing for the Chiefs at the highest of levels. The team has never had a wide receiver like him until now, and Bowe will likely end his career among the team leaders in nearly ever receiving category for the team alongside Tony Gonzalez if they can make amends on all sides. In short, Bowe's ability is enough to make him an offensive asset from the moment he steps on the field.
Bowe has nearly 350 catches and 5,000 yards through his first five seasons in the NFL. He knows what it takes to impact the field, so a change in terminology is not going to overwhelm him. Consider this: anyone making a big deal about the shift to Brian Daboll forgets that Bowe already played under a new offense every year of his career under Mike Solari, Chan Gailey, Todd Haley, Charlie Weis and Bill Muir. Screaming that the sky is falling about yet another offensive change for Bowe is overreacting.
To panic (or even worry at all) about Bowe is to lose sight of the bigger picture: Bowe is a Pro Bowl wide receiver in a contract situation at the age of 27. There's one great payday ahead for Bowe in the NFL. If there's any pressure in play for Bowe, it's about making sure that he performs as well as he can without any off-the-field issues to allow the open market to work in his favor. Brandon Carr pocketed $50 million this offseason. Bowe will be the prize of all offensive weapons if he can make it there.
For now there's no way of knowing what the long-term plans for Bowe and the Chiefs will be, but one thing should be clear at this point. Bowe will be the same impact receiver for the Chiefs the moment he steps onto the field. Anyone worried about conditioning, terminology or any sort of changes is losing sight of the bigger picture of both Bowe's past and future.
See for yourself what Bowe had to say as he handled some details prior to getting ready to work.
Back in the swing of things. Did physicals & passed conditioning test. Excited to b w/my teammates & get back to business...go chiefs! — Dwayne Bowe (@DwayneBowe82) August 17, 2012
Reaction to Bowe's arrival and signing of the tender was mostly positive, if you can sift through all the offbeat comments and find it. And why not? Bowe has proven that when healthy, he can produce 70 to 80 catches and more than 1,000 yards in a season. The touchdown total was down from 2010, but Bowe is still a big and physical target who is clearly the Chiefs' main man.
Give Bowe some credit for being smart: He missed all of training camp -- no players look forward to it that much -- and he's going to get seriously paid this year. Plus he's arrived in time to possibly get some preseason game action.
Despite the historical reluctance of some players to gladly sign a franchise tag, Dwayne Bowe's decision to hold out and miss a good portion of the preseason was met with frustration and confusion by many when he didn't show up for training camp. Now Bowe has signed the franchise tag, the day after camp ended for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are making a big transition this season, with a new offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll and a new offensive system that Bowe would have to learn and become accustomed to. Yet it seems clear now that perhaps missing camp was exactly Bowe was planning, especially since three preseason games remain in which Bowe can learn the new offense.
Which is why Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride feels that timing of this signing is not mere coincidence.
I don't think it's a coincidence that he signs on the day after training camp ends. Bowe made his point, that he's willing to sit out some time in order to exert the only source of leverage he has, but that's all he could do. At some point, staying away from the team would end up hurting him in the 2012 season, which would then hurt his ability to negotiate a longterm deal next year. It's debatable whether he's reached that point staying out as long as he did.
Bowe made it clear in May that he wanted to be at camp, so it seems something changed between then and now. Whatever the reasoning, Bowe has signed his franchise tag and has plenty of time remaining to learn Daboll's offensive system.
Dwayne Bowe has officially signed his franchise tender with the Kansas City Chiefs and will be reporting to camp, according to Arrowhead Pride. The franchise tender is for about $9.5 million, but it is unclear whether he signed for that amount or he and the club worked anything else into that deal.
Bowe was hoping to get a new contract as a reward for his last two seasons, which saw him make the jump from good and full of potential to one of the better wide outs in the league. He had over 1,000 receiving yards the last two years and led the NFL with 15 touchdown catches in 2010 on the way to second-team All-Pro honors. He is already seventh on the Chiefs' all-time receiving yards list with 4,927.
It is highly unlikely that Bowe will play in the Chiefs' preseason game against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. The real focus will be on making sure he can get to practice and get into shape to play in the team's third and fourth preseason games.
Getting Bowe into practice can't be underestimated because the Chiefs have new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who is implementing a new offense. Bowe is going to need time to pick up the offense and now that he has signed his tender he will have two preseason games and three weeks of practice to get up to speed on Daboll's system.
For more reaction to the Dwayne Bowe signing, visit Arrowhead Pride.
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to reach an agreement with Pro Bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe sometime soon. After all, the player has officially landed in Kansas City as of yesterday and a player who plans to continue to hold out doesn't go to the site of the team he's planning on not playing for. However the reports are conflictive at this point as to whether Bowe has already signed his franchise tender with the Chiefs.
KMBC is reporting that the two sides have reached a deal for this year, which really at this point is about a player agreeing to a salary already designated for him due to the franchise tender. However, NFL.com has a source saying it's not a done deal yet. Either way, something should be concluded shortly -- perhaps Monday at the latest.
Bowe must play out the 2012 season and will become a free agent once again in the 2013 offseason. The team can then reach a long-term agreement or the player can be franchised once again at an ever-escalating cost above the $9.5 million he will receive this season. The two sides could also part ways in the end. It likely depends on Bowe's production, behavior and how well these wounds heal.
Earlier on Friday KMBC 9 News in Kansas City was reporting that Dwayne Bowe was heading to camp and that the two have come to terms to a contract. Bowe was spotted on a plane heading to Kansas City, but according to Pro Football Talk, Bowe is not heading to camp and has not signed any contract with the Chiefs.
Bowe has an offer from the Chiefs that would pay him $9.5 million this year, and Bowe will not start to lose any game checks unless he holds out past the first week of the season.
As for missing training camp, since Bowe is not under contract which means he can not be fined the $30,000 per missed day.
Thanks to the wizardry of social media, we can confirm that one Dwayne Bowe is officially in Kansas City:
Breaking news!!!! Dwayne Bowe just touched down at KCI! Spoke to him. He had no comment.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) August 10, 2012
And, in case you're one of those folks who won't believe anything until they see it:
Bowe is the only unsigned franchise player in the entire NFL at the moment, and since he's not under contract, can't be fined for missing days of training camp (the fine is a hefty $30,000... a day). Bowe has a one-year offer for $9.5 million on the table. The Chiefs are scheduled to play Arizona on Friday night in Kansas City.