Which if you think about it, wouldn't be that much different than if we just tagged him (because it's the average to the 10 highest paid at the WR position)
So we might actually save money by tagging him this year and wait to sign him during the season.
I would absolutely pay him like a top ten WR.
Put him on some pass-happy offense, and I expect that his "shinies" (Pretty stats) would be too bright for anybody to argue against.
Negotiations have been ongoing with Bowe & the Chiefs. Y'all have to remember it's a two way street. Bowe may desire to explore Free Agency, and he could desire to play for a different team for reasons other than money. Many players consider location, such as for reasons of being closer to family, etc..
Oh, and trust me...no one wants Bowe to remain a Chief more than I do. He became a favorite Chief when we drafted him in 2007, but by 2009 he had evolved into my #1 favorite Chief player. Even during his worst struggling year of 2009 when many fans were screaming he was no good, at best a #2 WR because of many drops...I stood firm believing he is a #1 WR. He proved many wrong in 2010, proving himself and substantiating my belief in him as a #1.
I will be heartbroken if Bowe leaves the Chiefs, but I understand the NFL is a business. I also understand Bowe will need to do what's best for he and his family, of whom he has many he's responsible for financially...he cares for his grandparents, his former HS coach & his wife, his brother...are on his payroll.
I say keep him. Right now we have the best recieving corps I've ever seen wearing red & gold. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I know Pioli likes Bowe, and wants to keep him too...he's stated such publicly more than once.
According to those who witnessed it...word is the final straw that led to Haley's firing before the season ended...was because of a conflict Haley had with Bowe during practice. Haley belittled Bowe, calling him some bad names. Bowe went to Pioli about it. Pioli felt Haley was creating enough of a problem with many players like Bowe...that some players wouldn't remain in KC if Haley did. :/
If all those accounts are accurate, well, Haley's gone now...so those players uncomfortable with Haley as HC don't have that concern now.
Let's hope with Crennel as HC they prefer to stay.