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.
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