Dwayne Bowe has finally joined his Kansas City Chiefs teammates after signing his franchise tender last Friday. After a mandatory three-day acclimation period, he won’t be able to fully participate in practice until Tuesday.
For now it is more of the wait-and-see game for Bowe and the Chiefs, with the biggest obstacle now out of the way. Many questions surrounding the wide receiver will certainly be asked and answered throughout the 2012 season.
Did Bowe do enough on his own during his absence to prepare for the rigors of the NFL season?
We will begin to find out when he straps it up tomorrow and in the following weeks leading up to Kansas City’s Week 1 showdown with the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium.
Will there be enough time for Bowe to familiarize himself with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s playbook to earn a few snaps in Friday’s game with the Seattle Seahawks?
With the Chiefs taking Thursday off this week, that gives Bowe just two days of real practice time. However, if Bowe is physically ready to play, there is no reason not to create a package of plays for him to get his feet wet in the new system.
What is Bowe’s motivation level going into this season? Knowing there was a new system in place, Bowe’s absence this entire offseason only reflects negatively on him.
With 2012 serving as another contract year for Bowe, it was in his best interest to do everything possible to show potential suitors that he is committed to the team and the process set forth by the league. By holding out just to miss a little training camp, he may have cost himself in the long run.
However, the NFL is a results driven business. If Bowe doesn’t regress, no one can question his drive to succeed in this league.
Bowe has been consistent during his five-year career with the Chiefs, with the 2010 campaign (72 catches for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns) serving as his springboard into the discussion as being one of the top wide receivers in the league.
It is that potential that Bowe is banking on to cash a huge check after this season, whether it is from the Chiefs or another NFL team. The Chiefs can actually use the franchise tag on Bowe again, but are unlikely to do so with Branden Albert and Glenn Dorsey becoming free agents as well.
Each subsequent step for Bowe and the Chiefs will lead to the ultimate question: Is this Bowe’s last year in Kansas City?
It may seem that with no agreement on a long-term deal agreed to this offseason, both parties are already leaning a certain direction. But the 2012 season will determine just how dependent Bowe and the Chiefs are on each other.