While the Chiefs have long hampered Bowe’s value, the team bringing in Alex Smith this off-season changes a lot. Bowe may have been able to find himself a better situation with another team, but for once, it looks like Bowe has a smart, capable quarterback throwing to him.
Bowe has long been a playmaker with three seasons of over 1,000 yards under his belt. Since his breakout in 2010 with 15 touchdowns, however, he has just eight touchdowns in two seasons. The combination of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn struggled to move the ball and find Bowe on a consistent basis last season before his year ended early with a rib injury.
While Bowe gets some help with Smith, it’s Smith whose fantasy value gets the big boost with the re-signing of his top wide receiver. If Bowe bolted, the new Chiefs quarterback would have been in trouble. Without the veteran receiver, Smith may have been stuck throwing to Jon Baldwin (up-and-coming, but not yet a No.1) and dumping off to Jamaal Charles. Now, Smith has that proven top-flight No.1 receiver to throw to.
The signing also boosts the value of Charles and Baldwin. Charles will be more of a threat with the passing game opened up a bit, and Baldwin should now see some more space with defenders focused on Bowe. While many may have wanted to see Bowe head elsewhere this year, the Chiefs now have enough weapons and a capable quarterback to vastly improve on offense this year.