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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Are the Chiefs trading down?

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

There has been some chatter Kansas City could put the No. 11 pick up for sale. With New England potentially interested in Alabama safety Mark Barron and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, perhaps former colleagues Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick could come to an accord. However, the Chiefs like both of those players as well.

Still, getting the No. 27 and No. 31 picks from the Patriots could perhaps appeal to Pioli. In that case, the Chiefs would have three picks in the first 44.

Meanwhile, NFL.com refuted a report that said Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe may sign his franchise tender prior to the draft because he is worried that the Chiefs will draft a receiver early (Michael Floyd, anyone?) and strip his franchise tag, making him an unrestricted free agent in a market with little free-agency money. The NFL.com report says Bowe is still hopeful of getting a long-term deal by July 15.

I still say the franchise-tag dilemma is overblown. Whether he signs an extension or not, Bowe will be a Chief this season. Is he really going to let more than $9 million in 2012 salary sit on the table? Of course not.

Meanwhile, with the NFL considering suspending the Pro Bowl, many readers have emailed me, saying the league should consider a skills competition and have something similar to the NBA All-Star weekend. I agree, and I know that some in the league have considered that. I think the key is staying in Hawaii. Players love it and would lose interest if Hawaii is taken completely out of the mix.