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It's without question that Dwayne Bowe is the biggest name on this list.
There are a lot of questions surrounding Bowe right now. Does Pioli want him? Can he erase those drop habits? Does he want to be back? Can he go back to the status of being an elite player again?
Bowe has had a roller-coaster career since being drafted out of LSU in 2007. He hit several lows with key dropped passes in 2008, 2009 and part of 2010. Midway through the 2010 season, Bowe unleashed and led the league in receiving touchdowns.
Bowe has shown that he has a lot of potential. He knows that with a new offensive coordinator and a lot of players coming back from injury, the Chiefs have a good chance of making some noise in the AFC West in 2012.
Everyone knew Bowe was fighting for a contract in the season finale and the final game of the season, win or lose, against the Denver Broncos. Bowe was defeating Champ Bailey on just about every play in which Orton threw to Bowe's direction.
Bowe had six catches and 93 receiving yards, all in the first half. Bowe left the game right before halftime and did not return due to a sore neck. He was on pace to have a big game as Bailey struggled to limiting Bowe.
In the past, the Chiefs have let go of Jared Allen, Tony Gonzalez and Brian Waters. All three of them are in the 2012 Pro Bowl. The Chiefs cannot let another player with a lot of potential slip away.
Pioli and Crennel know this and will do what they must do to keep Bowe. But don't be surprised if the franchise tag comes into play.