Now that Denver kicker Matt Prater has signed a four-year extension with the Broncos, there is one only unresolved franchised player in the AFC West: Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Originally, three players were franchised in the AFC West: Prater, Bowe and Oakland safety Tyvon Branch. Branch signed his tender earlier this preseason and he is under contract for the 2012 season. He hopes to sign a long-term deal with the Raiders some point this year, if not, he will be a free agent again next year. Oakland can give him the franchise tag again.
As for Bowe, it has been a quiet offseason. Like most unsigned franchised players, Bowe did not participate in the Chiefs’ offseason program. If he does not sign a long-term deal by July 16, Bowe will not be able to sign an extension during the season and he must play for his $9.6 million tender in 2012. There haven’t been any indications that Bowe is close to signing a new deal.
Even though he hasn’t signed his tender, there haven’t been any indications Bowe will hold out during the season. If I had to guess, I would think Bowe will not sign an extension, but he will report by the start of training camp or shortly thereafter and he and the team will revisit a new deal in the offseason.