Williamson notes that back in 2007, the New England Patriots, who Pioli worked for at the time (or "for whom Pioli worked at the time" if you care about proper grammar) went through a similar situation with Asante Samuel.
Samuel, the Patriots franchise tag player, didn't show up until after the third preseason game. However, as part of his deal to show up, the Patriots made some concessions.
Interestingly, Samuel received some concessions from the Patriots as he ended his holdout and signed his franchise tender in 2007. The reported agreement was if Samuel played 60 percent of the defensive snaps or if the Patriots won 12 games in 2007, New England would not put the franchise tag on him. The requirements were met and Samuel went on to sign a monster deal with Philadelphia in 2008 as an unrestricted free agent.
I hope the Chiefs don't do that with Bowe. The Chiefs have the leverage here. Make Bowe skip out on a weekly check of half-a-million bucks before they make a concession like that. Remember, Bowe has only played on his rookie deal, which paid him roughly $9 million over five years, to this point. It's not like he's in year four of a $50 million deal or anything. (On the flip side, you don't know what you're missing if you never had it in the first place.)