June 12, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Nate Eachus (45) runs a play as defensive linebacker Cory Greenwood (93) defends during minicamp activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
I made my way to the 610 Sports studios on Wednesday for our weekly hour of Kansas City Chiefs talk with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison. Since I was answering a bunch of the questions on the show it was easy to write up a recap of what we talked about.
The first topic should be no surprise...
Dwayne Bowe debate continues
Danny noticed that I got my name in the paper yesterday morning, referenced in Dwayne Bowe's column. He took that opportunity to show me up and explain how he was able to get into the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle (which is a real thing) upon his arrival in KC.
But back to football. There are basically two takes here -- pay the man or don't pay the man. I took the latter stance, arguing that I'm not quite yet ready to pay Bowe.
If I had my way, I would leave the franchise tag on Bowe this year and use it again next year. That would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million combined for two years. Doing that would keep the carrot in front of Bowe for two years (three total, including last year) and, as we know, every player is at his best when playing for money. The issue with my Bowe, in my mind, is motivation. No better way to motivate someone than dangling free agency in front of you. So the Chiefs keep it going and get a supremely talented Bowe for two years.
The downside is that you're probably going to be losing him after those two years.
The argument against that is locking him up now, giving him a five-year deal that includes $20 million guaranteed, or something like that (because I would guess he wants more guaranteed than that). This is basically the Sam Mellinger argument -- what has he done in the last two years to make you concerned? It's a legit argument and one I can't completely counter.
The downside is that you don't know how Bowe will play after receiving a contract that is extremely large.
The Chiefs position battles are boring
There aren't very good position battles this year but when asked for the best position battle I went with inside linebacker which is really the only true position battle on defense that involves a starting gig (outside of maybe/kinda/sorta Dontari Poe at nose tackle). The battle between Jovan Belcher and Brandon Siler could be a good one. Belcher is the incumbent, the starter the last two years. But Siler is the veteran, the guy who's been in the league longer. Siler just returned to Chiefs practice this week on a limited basis as he's coming off an Achilles injury suffered early in last year's training camp. If he's healthy, he could take Belcher's job.
Danny said the best position battle is the backup quarterback and he's probably right if best means most entertaining. Ricky Stanzi and Brady Quinn have been duking it out all offseason and it sounds like this battle will be taken right into training camp. Early signs point to Brady Quinn but those are just that, early.