KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Perhaps Dwayne Bowe was just waiting for the Chiefs to break training camp to finally sign his franchise tender.
The team said in a statement Friday that Bowe had signed after he missed the offseason program and training camp. Bowe is due about $9.5 million this season after the sides failed to reach a long-term deal by the July 16 deadline.
It was unclear whether Bowe would join Kansas City for its trip to St. Louis for tonight's preseason game. The team will resume practice at its facility near Arrowhead Stadium next week.
The question is whether Bowe can learn new coordinator Brian Daboll's offense in time to play Aug. 24 against Seattle. The Chiefs wrap their preseason schedule the following week at Green Bay, and the regular season starts Sept. 9 against Atlanta.
Also, offensive tackle Ray Willis said he's retiring. Willis made 26 starts and played in 44 games in five seasons with four other teams.
BOUNTIES: The NFL Players Association filed documents in federal court disputing commissioner Roger Goodell's sworn statement that he was prepared to discipline players for their involvement in the Saints bounty pool back in March but waited until May as a courtesy to the union. Attorneys for four players suspended in the bounty investigation have argued the punishment handed down by Goodell should be overturned, in part because the commissioner's public statements last spring showed he had improperly pre-judged the players' actions.
BENGALS: Receiver Jordan Shipley was waived as he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery. Shipley was Cincinnati's starting slot receiver before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sept. 18.
BILLS: Vince Young's lawyer disputed a company's claim that the backup quarterback defaulted on a high-risk loan and now owes nearly $1.7 million. Trey Dolezal also raised questions whether his client was even aware the loan was taken out in his name. Dolezal told the Associated Press by phone that Pro Player Funding never contacted Young, and instead worked with the player's former financial adviser, Ronnie T. Peoples, in issuing a high-interest $1.877 million loan in May 2011. Pro Player Funding filed documents in New York on June 6, saying it would begin collecting $1.695 million because the player defaulted.
COWBOYS: Running back Ed Wesley was waived after showing up 15 minutes late for a walk-through on the last day of camp.
DOLPHINS: Rookie first-round pick Ryan Tannehill played the first half and was 11-of-23 for 100 yards in a 23-17 loss to the host Panthers.
EAGLES: The league fined Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie $21,000 for a hit in the preseason opener last week against the Steelers. In the first quarter, Rodgers-Cromartie left his feet and lunged into quarterback Byron Leftwich. When asked about it he said with a chuckle, "Twenty-one thousand? I ain't even got that," but also said, "I can understand a fine coming. … I wouldn't do that again."
JAGUARS: Blaine Gabbert completed 13 of 16 for 112 yards and two touchdowns, the first a 16-yarder to rookie Justin Blackmon in his preseason debut, and Jordan Palmer hit Kevin Elliott for an 11-yard touchdown on fourth down with 13 seconds left in a 27-24 victory over the host Saints.
LIONS: Guard/center Bill Nagy was claimed off waivers from the Cowboys, for whom he started four games last season.
PACKERS: Linebacker Desmond Bishop had surgery on his torn hamstring; his timetable is unknown.
SAINTS: Reserve linebacker Chris Chamberlain appeared to hurt his left knee in the first half of the preseason game against the Jaguars.
STEELERS: Nose tackle Casey Hampton and running back Rashard Mendenhall were activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Each has been rehabilitating a torn ACL sustained in January. The team doesn't expect Mendenhall to be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 at Denver.