12 Reasons the Philadelphia Eagles Should Trade for Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
Through six games, the Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the more disappointing teams in the National Football League. They've won three games and lost three, putting them a game behind the New York Giants in the very competitive NFC East. But they're playing even worse than a normal 3-3 team, if you look at their six games broken down. They squeaked out one-point victories over the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, and won by two against the New York Giants. They also lost on walkoff field goals in each of the past two weeks, to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, and they suffered an embarrassing blowout against former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and the Arizna Cardinals.
That puts the Eagles in a position where they need to likely win seven of their final 10 games to reach the postseason for the 10th time in the Andy Reid era. If that doesn't happen, expect a new head coach for the Eagles next season and possibly a new quarterback.
Meanwhile, over in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the more disappointing teams in the league, with just a single victory in their first six games. They were picked by many to win the AFC West division this season, especially with running back Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki, and safety Eric Berry returning from ACL injuries suffered in week one last year. But they've struggled this year on both offense and defense, and although the divison is still very much up for grabs, it's not going to be the Chiefs who reach the postseason this season.
No, they're headed in a completely different direction, one that will likely feature a quarterback change to journeyman backup Brady Quinn instead of veteran Matt Cassel, who has been very inconsistent during his four seasons with the team. Reports have surfaced from Kansas City that Dwayne Bowe, their star wide receiver, wants a trade as soon as possible. The following slides will highlight a number of reasons why Bowe to the Eagles would be an absolute perfect fit.
1. Season is over for the Chiefs
As highlighted in the last slide, the Chiefs are basically out of it this season. They're 1-5 and have the 30th point differential in the league, so it's not like they're going to put together a run and earn a wild card berth at 9-7. No, they're more likely to finish 4-12. Keeping Bowe on their team when he clearly doesn't want to be there would be totally pointless. It would make a lot more sense to trade him to a contending team who can offer a high draft pick.
2. Philly not a rival of Kansas City
I can't think of a better place for Bowe to go than a team like the Eagles, who have absolutely nothing in common with Kansas City. There's no rivalry and no chance of Bowe squaring off against his old team with the division title on the line in week 17, a la Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton in week 17 last year. The Eagles do play the Chiefs next year, but that's not a reason to not trade Bowe to the Eagles.
3. Eagles still in it
The Eagles may be 3-3 but they're fully capable of putting together a postseason run. One of my favorite stats illustrates that the last eight times the Eagles started a season 3-3, they either finished with a playoff berth (seven times) or a 10-win season (once). It happened four previous times under Reid, so it wouldn't be out of line at all to see it happen again this year.
4. Will want to play for a winner
Dwayne Bowe is not going to want to leave Kansas City to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Oakland Raiders. He's going to want to go to a team that has a winning reputation, a team that would be a legitimate threat to win it all with him on the roster. You could name at least 10 teams that this applies to, and Philly is definitely one of them.
5. Do-or-die season in Philly
This isn't your average season in Philly, where the team could stumble to an 8-8 season, miss the postseason, and not suffer any consequences. No, it's been made very clear that the job of Reid is on the line. If the Eagles don't show significant improvement from the 2011 season, there will be a new head coach in Philly in 2013.
6. Offense just sucks
The Eagles have the 30th ranked scoring offense in the NFL through six games, and it's becoming more and more clear with each passing week that they're just not improving. A big reason is the ridiculous amount of turnovers by Vick, but the offensive line and even the receivers are not helping as much as they could. Add Bowe to this team, and you can likely expect six to seven more points per game by the Philly offense.
7. Help keep Vick's job for 2012
Adding to the ever-growing drama in Philly, it's not just the job of Reid that is on the line in the next 10 games. It's 32-year old veteran quarterback Michael Vick who likely won't return next season if the Eagles fail to reach the playoffs. Adding a dymanic player like Bowe to the offense in the middle of the season, preferably during the bye week so he has a week to learn the offensive playbook, would make a lot of sense. Maybe Vick wouldn't turn the ball over three times a game if he had one more weapon.
8. DeSean Jackson's big plays are invisible
With such a porous offensive line, playmaking receiver DeSean Jackson has been lacking his big plays this season. I wouldn't say that Jackson has been useless. Not even close. He's actually having one of his better seasons. But the big plays are gone, because Vick doesn't have time to wait four seconds and fire a 50-yard deep pass to Jackson streaking down the sideline. Throw in Bowe, and he'll really help to stretch the field. It would add a completely new dimension to this offense.
9. Jeremy Maclin has struggled
This was supposed to be the year that Jeremy Maclin broke out and became one of the top wide receivers in the league. It was supposed to be 2011, but a cancer scare in training camp affected him throughout the season, as did multiple games missed by injuries. However, Maclin just isn't making plays in 2012 like he showed he could in 2010. He did explode for 130 yards against Detroit, including a 70-yard touchdown with five minutes left that put Philadelphia up by 10. But he's on pace to finish with fewer than 1000 yards. That's certainly not a bad season, but it's not going to earn him a five-year, $50 million contract in the offseason. Throw Bowe into the offense for the final 10 games, however, and Maclin's numbers may not go up, simply because Bowe will be taking away some of his catches, but defenses will spend less time focusing on stopping him and more on taking away all three weapons at receiver.
10. Weak secondaries in the NFC East
The other teams in the NFC East may have good offenses but they don't have good play at the secondary positions. The Giants, who have Terrell Thomas out for the year and Corey Webster and Kenny Phillips fighting through various injuries, rank 27th in net adjusted yards per pass attempt. The Cowboys have intercepted one pass through five games, the worst in the league. And the Redskins rank 30th in passing touchdowns and 32nd in passing yards.
11. Five more divisional games remaining
The Eagles have only played one divisional game so far this season, but I don't think it's a huge coincidence that Vick didn't turn the ball over all game against the Giants. I can't wait to see what they do in their final five divisional games. Last year, the Eagles went 5-1 in the division, despite their nightmarish season. This year, the Eagles are 1-0 and I'm feeling confident about the next five games.
12. Salary cap space
The Eagles, incredibly, have the most salary cap space in the entire league, despite signing a slew of big-name free agents during training camp in 2011. That's a credit to former president Joe Banner, who is one of the best in the game at managing money. Banner is gone but current general manager Howie Roseman has learned from the best. Trading for Bowe wouldn't cost the Eagles in terms of salary cap space in the long run. In fact, it'd be well worth it.
Do I actually think that Bowe will go to the Eagles? No, I do not. Players that insist on a trade often end up staying with their original team, which is what I think Bowe will do. But if he does look for a trade, Philly is a pretty good option. If I had to guess, I'd say Bowe, a 28-year old former Pro Bowler, would be a worth a second round draft pick. That's a deal that the Eagles couldn't turn down. After all, the second round draft picks in recent years have been less than brilliant. I'm looking at you, Jaiquawn Jarrett.