Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli Acts Wisely With WR Dwayne Bowe

The deadline for the Kansas City Chiefs to sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a contract after giving him the franchise player tag came and went on Monday afternoon. It’s a risky move by general manager Scott Pioli, and unfortunate it had to come to this. But ultimately it’s likely to be the best move for the long-term future of the organization.

Bowe can still be signed for the 2012 NFL season and presumably he will, thanks to the franchise tag. The player’s only option is to hold out for the entire campaign and to say that would undercut his value on the free agent market this offseason would be a drastic understatement. It’s also fair to think Bowe will be hungry to prove himself, even if anger at the Chiefs front office is driving that hunger, so the team’s short-term goals are not likely to be compromised.

When you look at the long-term goals, the hard decision Pioli faced is this—do you commit serious money to a wide receiver when, for all the good things about him, is not one of the league’s elite. Bowe is good, but he’s not great. Then factor in that you are building a team based on the running game and defense, not on a high-powered passing attack. We can say a lot of nice things about quarterback Matt Cassell, but he’s not a signal-caller so good that you feel compelled to rush out and buy him some pricey receivers. Or at the very least, if you do, make it one of the top three or four receivers in the game.

There are just too many ways for Kansas City to compensate for the eventual loss of Bowe—and even that’s no sure thing, even if the chances of his departure drastically increased on Monday afternoon. The team can spread its dollars at receiver out and get two above-average players to join Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. They can invest in playmaker for the secondary to join safety Eric Berry. Bowe is a good wide receiver—just not good enough to command top dollar on a team built the way the Kansas City Chiefs are. That’s why I believe Scott Pioli exercised good leadership in making a decision that was difficult, but necessary.

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  • kp

    “Bowe is good, but he’s not great.”

    wrong. three 1000+ yard seasons (and 995 his rookie year) in his first five years is a miracle considering the QB and OC situations he’s had to deal with. there are only a handful of receivers with more touchdowns and yards in the five years bowe has been in the league. if that’s not great, i’m not sure what is.

  • ldeluxe

    I agree that the Chiefs made the move that fit the organization’s need/s the best. I will not be too sad if Bowe opts to play elsewhere next season. But I would stop short of saying “good but not great”. I won’t say that he is great, but his numbers are very good and especially with the guys KC has throwing him the ball. He does drop the ball too much, but he makes great catches as well. I would say that you would be hard pressed to find any receiver that would have put up better numbers playing in the system he does with the QBs he’s had. What would his 2010 – 15 TD year have looked like with a healthy Manning or Brady throwing to him have looked like?

  • Dewayne

    I agree 100 percent