NFL Network's Scott Pioli predicted on Total Access Thursday night that the Chiefs will use the franchise tag to retain Dwayne Bowe and let Branden Albert walk in free agency.
Pioli has special insight because he was Kansas City's GM from 2009-2012. He also noted the "buyer's market" at offensive tackle; both the draft and free agency are stocked with starting-caliber left tackles. Should Albert hit free agency, look for the Bears to show interest. Chicago is tackle needy, and GM Phil Emery was Kansas City's scouting director when the Chiefs drafted Albert.