The Kansas City Chiefs did what many expected them to do and placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. This move had been expected for some time so it shouldn't be a surprise. The franchise tag number for receivers is about $9.4 million.
"Today was the league's deadline to designate a franchise player and we felt it was in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs to place the tag on Dwayne," said General Manager Scott Pioli.
Tagging Bowe likely means Brandon Carr is on his way out. The young cornerback is scheduled for free agency and after the Chiefs signed Stanford Routt last month, many assumed Carr was likely to leave.
Bowe is clearly a worthy candidate for the franchise tag. He's the Chiefs best receiver and led the league in touchdown receptions in 2010. He has accumulated over 995 yards receiving in four of his first five years in the league. The Chiefs will try to work on a long-term deal with him and they'll have until July 15 to do so before Bowe enters the regular season under the tag.
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