La Canfora: A game of tag
Teams now are free to put franchise tags on players. Jason La Canfora breaks down what moves you can expect to see. More ...
"The signing of Stanford Routt does not impact where we're at with Brandon Carr," Pioli said, via Arrowheadpride.com. "As a matter of fact, Romeo (Crennel) and I both reached out to Brandon yesterday as this was unfolding and talked to him. I spoke personally with Brandon, and without getting into the details of that conversation, but he knows, and he's known before, he's someone we want to keep here, and he's still someone we want to keep a Chief."
It's likely, however, the signing of Routt decreases the chances the Chiefs will use the franchise tag on Carr. The value of the tag for cornerbacks is expected to be $10.6 million in 2012.
Pioli offered similar sentiments on Bowe, who is also expected to become a free agent on March 13.
"We're hopeful to re-sign Dwayne," Pioli said. "One way or another, we would love to have Dwayne back here as a Chief. Just like Brandon [Carr]. We would like to keep the good players we have. The important part is that you have to come to an agreement."