The Kansas City Chiefs, with their 3-12 record so far this season, are already looking to bring and move players and personnel in order to try and get out of their rebuilding funk. Todd Haley and other assorted people are evaluating players to see if their contribution would help the team next year. “Franchise” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe might be on the cutting block due to his erratic season which involved missing four games for performance-enhancing drugs, and could be a good free agent for some teams in desperate need of someone who can catch.
Although Bowe has only been in the league for three seasons, his career hasn’t been too bad considering having to be with the Chiefs. A look at his stats show that Bowe had decent rookie and sophomore seasons, but the 4-game suspension this season for some kind of weight-loss drug affected his output significantly. When the Chiefs traded Tony Gonzalez, Bowe was looked at to get more targets, but didn’t keep his high frequency of actually catching them.
Let’s say that Haley (if he still has a job) and company decide to release Bowe. What would be the most likely destinations? First of all, he would most likely be a #1 receiver for a mediocre team with few options at receiving or a #2 for a team with a more balanced wealth of targets.
The Browns stand out in my mind first, as they traded away their supposed franchise wide receiver in Braylon Edwards and their current receivers Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie drop too many passes. When Mike Holmgren takes over the operations he might pick up Bowe if they can negotiate a deal.
Another possible team are the Chicago Bears. Jay Cutler has had trouble for a numerous amount of reasons, and part of it is the fact that there is no clear #1 receiver. Bowe is capable of making big catches and less frequent drops.
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