As expected, Chiefs franchise Bowe

The Kansas City Chiefs did as expected and franchised wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Monday just before the deadline, according to the Kansas City Star.

Bowe will make $9.5 million in a guaranteed base salary for 2012, joining Wes Welker, who was franchised by the New England Patriots on Monday.

The franchising of Bowe means that cornerback Brandon Carr is likely to explore free agency come March 13.

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