Despite the early season optimism, the Kansas City Chiefs have gotten off to a horrid start to their 2012 season. One of the main reasons for this lack of success: a nearly non-existent passing attack.
Though many will point to quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn for the stumble out of the gates, the other culprits have been wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and his unmotivated play through the first six games.
This unmotivated play has made it blatantly obvious that Bowe is no longer interested in playing for the Chiefs. On Wednesday, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports confirmed that exact sentiment.
“I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true,” Cole said via Twitter.
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time. After the Chiefs waited until the eleventh hour to franchise tag Bowe this offseason and then failed to sign him to a long-term deal, the Pro Bowl receiver left the team hanging. It wasn’t until midway through the preseason that Bowe signed his franchise tender, and hasn’t been the same elite pass-catcher ever since.
Seeing as their off to a 1-5 start and currently boast the No. 24 passing offense in the NFL, it could be in the Chiefs’ best interests to get what they can for Bowe while it’s still an option. Still considered a top-tier wide receiver throughout the league, he’d yield at least an early-round draft pick. The Chiefs could benefit greatly from an extra first- or second-round pick since they’ll likely already have a Top 10 selection with the way this season is going.
The alternative is fielding a player who could care less only to watch him walk away at season’s end. Taking that route doesn’t seem to bode too well for the future of the franchise.
Either way, the Chiefs seem destined for a 2013 rebuilding project. They might as well get started early and trade Bowe in for some new blocks to work with.