CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass in front of Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs took the field for the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday but though all players were accounted for they can't be considered a complete team until WR Dwayne Bowe shows up.
Everyone knows the deal by now. Bowe has been hit with the franchise tag but has yet to sign it, meaning he's not under contract.
Asked on Tuesday about Bowe showing up, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said:
"You like to have your good players with you because every year you have to develop a new team chemistry. So he's missing this opportunity to grow and develop with his teammates but there's nothing I can do about that. That's just the nature of the beast that we're dealing with. I think that he will be here eventually and when he gets here we'll try to catch him up. He'll have to work at it, get up to speed and then see if he can help us at that time."
And, as we've noted a time or two (or three...or eight), Bowe has publicly committed to showing up by training camp. So he should be with the Chiefs by then. Maybe that's what "eventually" means.