It was a tough season for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Initially the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Bowe March 5th. Bowe, unsatisfied like most players with a franchise tag, decided to hold out. After the lengthy holdout Bowe and the Chiefs finally agreed to a deal just one month before the season started. However Bowe would not experience a great season. He had a career low three touchdowns, an offense that couldn’t get him the ball, and a rib injury that put him on injured reserve.
Bowe has been a standout since he arrived to the Chiefs in 2007. The Chiefs know this. But the question is, “will they pay up?” New head coach Andy Reid is not shy to pass the ball. Losing Bowe would be extremely detrimental to a team with quarterback issues already. Entering the 2013 NFL off-season the Kansas City Chiefs are in good financial conditional with $16 million in salary cap space.
What is most likely to happen is for the Chiefs to resign their star wide receiver. They can afford him and he fits in with the team. The fans in Kansas City love him. But lets play a little devils advocate here for a second. Lets just say the Chiefs don’t give in and sign Bowe. What next? Then the Chiefs would have to rely on Jamaal Charles even more. And we know Reid isn’t the biggest fan of running the ball. The Chiefs would have to pursue a free agent wide receiver like Mike Wallace for the right price. Is a sign and trade possible?
Chiefs could let him walk if they want to. But don’t count on it. Dwayne Bowe was the league leader in touchdowns in 2010 and a fan favorite. Andy Reid will make sure Bowe gets the ball regardless of who the quarterback is in Kansas City next season. Andy Reid has always been a quarterback guru. Reid was able to make Kevin Kolb look legit, and even won a playoff game with Jeff Garcia. Bowe will probably be targeted more in the upcoming season then ever before.