Kansas City Chiefs' Receiver Dwayne Bowe Hurting Himself with Holdout

J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IJune 13, 2012

As expected, unsigned franchise player Dwayne Bowe was absent for the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs' three-day mini-camp.

Though attendance is only mandatory for players under contract, which Bowe is not, he is certainly not doing himself any favors.

Bowe wants a long-term deal from the Chiefs, but the buzz is that the Chiefs' administration is not sold on the idea.

At the end of the day, Bowe has little, if any, leverage in the matter.  The Chiefs appear to be ready to move on if they need to, with Jonathan Baldwin looking like he has the tools to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.  The rest of the wide receiver depth chart is as deep as any in the league.

Steve Breaston has proven to be a solid No. 2, and rookie Junior Hemingway is showing signs that he could be ready for the role as well.

In any event, this is not the type of distraction Kansas City needs right now, with such high hopes heading into 2012.

Bowe's inconsistency will make any team, not just the Chiefs, wary of signing him to a long-term deal.

He's better off playing under the franchise tag and aiming to turn in a performance similar to what he produced in 2010.  If he can do that, he would be one of the hottest free agents in 2013.