Dwayne Bowe Now One Of 10 Unsigned Franchise Tag Players

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes his first touchdown catch against Kelly Jennings #21 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 28 2010 in Seattle Washington. The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 42-24. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Earlier today Wes Welker tweeted that he had signed his franchise tender from the New England Patriots, which means there are now 10 remaining players who have yet to sign their franchise tender, including the Kansas City Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe.

In a recent interview, GM Scott Pioli declined to say much on Bowe. 610 Sports' Bob Fescoe and Josh Klingler asked him a couple of questions about the situation before Pioli said he was ready to move on to another topic. It was a little awkward.

The KC Star's Sam Mellinger also wrote a story on Bowe, wondering if the "knucklehead" label still applies.

The Bowe talk will heat up quite a bit more as we get closer to training camp.

As NFL Network's Albert Breer points out, we started with 21 total franchise tag players -- four have received longterm deals, seven have signed their franchise tenders and another 10 now remain unsigned.

The rest of the unsigned franchise guys include Ray Rice, Michael Griffin, Matt Forte, Matt Prater, Cliff Avril, Josh Scobee, Drew Brees, Dashon Goldson and Connor Barth.

Barth is said to be en route to Tampa Bay, so there could be some news coming shortly on the others. Prater and Scobee are both kickers as well. Avril's an interesting situation considering all the money the Lions already have tied up on the defensive line. There's a little intrigue with Forte in Chicago considering the Bears, now run by Phil Emery, picked up Michael Bush in free agency. Other guys like Rice and Brees...you know they're not going anywhere.

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