Chiefs reportedly willing to apply franchise tag to WR Bowe

  • Published: Feb. 27, 2012 at 05:03 a.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs will use their franchise tag on receiver Dwayne Bowe if they don't reach an agreement with him on a long-term contract, according to ESPN, which cited a league source.

The franchise amount for receivers this season is $9.4 million per year.
Bowe and Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr were considered Kansas City's top two candidates for the franchise tag. The Chiefs signed free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19.6 million contract last week, although general manager Scott Pioli said that signing would not affect the team's decision on Carr.
In five season with Kansas City, the 27-year-old Bowe has 356 receptions for 4,927 yards and 36 touchdowns. He had 81 catches for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns last season.