Kansas City Chiefs: Should Dwayne Bowe Holding out of OTAs Be a Concern?

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Kansas City Chiefs: Should Dwayne Bowe Holding out of OTAs Be a Concern?
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Since the day of the draft, there has been heavy discussion whether or not the Kansas City Chiefs would shop Dwayne Bowe.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk had mentioned that Bowe was going to sign his first-round tender because there was a possibility that the Chiefs were going to use their first-round pick on a receiver.

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell approached the podium to announce Kansas City's selection with the 11th pick, Dontari Poe's name was said. The Chiefs did not take a receiver as it appears the team wants to keep Bowe rather than trade him away for draft picks.

But reports continued to shower down as several rumors stated that the Chiefs were looking for a trade partner to send Bowe away.

Earlier this month, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli denied all of the rumors that the team was seeking to trade Bowe.

For Bowe, it is important that he shows up to organized team activities after NFL teams could not hold any practice sessions due to the lockout in last year's offseason. Most NFL players are enjoying this offseason more as it gives them the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season in an organized manner with their coaches, unlike last year.

However, while Bowe may realize the importance of this offseason without last year's lockout, will he and the Chiefs come to an agreement soon?

No one knows exactly what is going on behind closed doors between Bowe, his agent and the Chiefs. Because the Chiefs have a lot of potential this season, every practice counts, and Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel knows that Bowe is a big piece that completes the offense.

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Without Bowe, the Chiefs will have Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin as their primary receivers. Baldwin will have one less veteran receiver to look up to while Breaston would be the team's top receiver, which is something he has gotten used to the past two years.

Therefore, Bowe's presence is important not only for the season, but for the offseason practice sessions as well. And even though players realize the value of this year's offseason, some players might try to extend this holdout for the wrong reasons.

Several players who are in a holdout situation might try to avoid practice as it tends to bore some players. Let's be honest. Some athletes don't enjoy practice, and they do so only because it is something they have to do. Is it possible that Bowe wants to try to avoid OTAs and try to carry that over to training camp?

Fans have never perceived Bowe as classy or a team leader before. That is not to say Bowe can't become either of those, but that is not how fans see him today. Otherwise, wouldn't Bowe try to agree to a deal and begin practicing with the team? Or is Pioli making this process harder than it needs to be? We don't know.

If Bowe does not appear in any of the OTAs and if he has not signed a new deal by July, then there is a problem in Pioli's hands. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Bowe on March 5, and the two sides have until July 16 to agree to a deal. Otherwise, Bowe will play the entire season under the tag.

Bowe missed part of training camp during his rookie season while former general manager Carl Peterson tried to bring him in as soon as possible while also trying to negotiate with former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Bowe has gone through missing part of training camp over a contract and should do his part in trying to prevent it from happening again in his career.

During an offseason interview, Bowe praised head coach Romeo Crennel, as many Kansas City players have. One benefit to Bowe signing sooner is that he will get the chance to practice under Crennel as it appears Crennel values Bowe as a receiver.

For now, fans should try not to worry about Bowe's holdout, as this is common with many players who are under the franchise tag. If he does not sign over the summer and if his absence, for whatever reason, carries over to training camp, Pioli will be watched closely by fans and the media as a big decision will have to be made.

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