Though Bowe refrained from going into detail about his current contract situation, citing “business is business,” he indicated that he wasn’t upset about receiving the franchise tag. Bowe plans to let his agent and the Chiefs handle any public statements regarding the state of negotiations.
The Chiefs have until July 16th to sign Bowe to a long-term deal. Otherwise, he’ll play the entire 2012 season under the franchise tag.
Kansas City’s offseason strength and conditioning program begins on Monday, April 16th. Bowe didn’t say whether he’d attend.
Regardless, Bowe touched on a number of subjects ranging from the draft to free agency and expressed excitement about spending the 2012 season in Kansas City.
Bowe especially likes what the team has done in free agency.
“I’m loving what they’re doing for the Kansas City Chiefs,” Bowe said of the team’s free agent pickups to date. “We’ve been waiting on guys established as pros, some of the younger and more elite (free agents) to come and be Chiefs. Scott Pioli going out and getting those guys and it’s only going to bring more excitement, more fans and more wins.
“I’m excited about what’s going on. Even though I have to wait a bit while the franchise (tag) stuff is going on, I know where I’m going to be and I know what this next season holds for the Kansas City Chiefs.”
When speaking about the Hillis signing, Bowe recalled Hillis winning the Madden ’12 cover athlete vote last offseason. Bowe was eliminated by Lions WR Calvin Johnson in Round One of Madden ’13 voting last month, receiving just 8% of the vote.
“I don’t want to say that I believe in the Madden Curse, but I’ll just say that I’m okay with being pulled out of the voting,” Bowe said. “Once you see the voting start to happen, you kind of take a mental precaution.”
Focusing on the upcoming NFL Draft, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III is Bowe’s favorite prospect. While he doesn’t have a preference for the Chiefs choice at No. 11, Bowe’s hopeful to see more LSU alums relocate to Kansas City.
“All of my Tigers that are in the draft, I’m rooting for them to come to Kansas City because those are my guys,” Bowe said. “This class seems like it has so much talent. I don’t think that my class had the type of talent that this one does.
“With the way the team has gone and picked up free agents this offseason, you really don’t know who will be the first round pick. It could be a quarterback, a running back, a wide receiver, an offensive lineman or a defensive player. I don’t know what it will be. I just hope it will be the right decision.”
Bowe also gave his endorsement for the hiring of Romeo Crennel as head coach.
“Romeo is awesome,” Bowe said. “That guy knows how to handle a team and how to manage a team. He definitely knows how to treat the players. He’s knows the players’ needs and respects the players.
“Having a coach like that, especially for the younger guys, it definitely changes the whole outlook on football. If you get a coach that walks with you step-by-step through the process instead of just throwing you out there in the water. Romeo coaches and he explains. He wants what’s best for his players.
“Over those last three games with him last year guys had so much more energy and were so much more confident. Guys are so excited to come back to him, you can’t even imagine.”