Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe May Get the Franchise Tag Again

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIFebruary 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for running room after a third quarter catch while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on SportsCenter (via Rotoworld's Evan Silva), Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe could receive the franchise tag. This move would come after Bowe received the tag last year, when the Chiefs decided to forgo applying the tag on cornerback Brandon Carr, who landed with the Dallas Cowboys later in the offseason.

Along with Bowe, Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt and left tackle Branden Albert will become free agents if they are not retained by the Chiefs.

New general manager John Dorsey has a big decision to make. With three big-name players in need of a new contract, chances are the franchise tag will be used, but is Bowe the right player to use it on?

Last year, Bowe caught only three touchdowns and they all came late in the fourth quarter during blowouts. He missed the final three games due to a rib injury.

Bowe's best season came in 2010, when he caught 15 touchdown passes, leading the league that year and punching his first Pro Bowl ticket.

Bowe's biggest issue throughout his career has been his drop habits. Under new coach Andy Reid, Bowe may improve. If the report that Bowe will be tagged is true, it appears the new regime has confidence in his ability to become an elite receiver with the right talent around him.

Since 2007, Bowe has played with seven different starting quarterbacks. The Chiefs own the No. 1 pick and could take a quarterback to open the draft. If so, Bowe's career could turn around in Kansas City.