Earlier this week, I had mentioned Dwayne Bowe's holdout and whether or not it should be a concern. While holdouts are common among players who receive the franchise tag, teams cannot afford their players to miss OTAs. It would be crucial after not having any OTAs last offseason due to the lockout.
Unfortunately, the Kansas City Chiefs and Bowe have not agreed to terms. Bowe is holding out this offseason in hopes that he will receive a long-term deal. Nothing is certain for Bowe and the Chiefs because the two sides have not come to terms.
Bowe is not the only wide receiver in the league who received the franchise tag this offseason. New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker signed his one-year franchise tender worth $9.5 million earlier this week. Welker, however, wants a long-term deal with the Patriots, and it does not appear that the two sides are close to an agreement.
If Welker and the Patriots can't reach an agreement over a long-term deal while the Chiefs still have Bowe under the franchise tag, how realistic would it be if the two teams became trade partners this offseason?
For New England, they would want more in a trade since Welker is a more accomplished receiver than Bowe. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli will have to include a draft pick that would satisfy the Patriots' needs.
If a trade went down, both teams and both players can consider themselves winners.
For the Patriots, they would receive a playmaker in Bowe, and he can improve by putting up bigger numbers with Tom Brady as his quarterback.
As for the Chiefs, they would get a dominant receiver. Welker would be happy with a new opportunity in Kansas City. He would also reunite with Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel. As Chiefs fans know, Cassel replaced Brady in 2008 after Brady suffered an injury in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Cassel entered as the Patriots' new quarterback and connected 111 times with Welker for 1,165 yards and three touchdowns.
Another reason why this trade would be realistic is because of the Patriot-connection in Kansas City. As Chiefs fans are aware, Pioli is more than open to the idea of bringing in someone he worked with in New England.
To name a few players and coaches, Pioli has been successful in recruiting Cassel, Mike Vrabel, Matt Gutierrez, Mike Richardson, Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Anthony Pleasant and Brian Daboll. The list of players is certainly not the greatest.
Chiefs fans have not been pleased with the Patriot-recruitment Pioli has done because the former Patriots who joined the Chiefs have mostly been castoffs. However, Chiefs fans won't mind seeing Welker in a Chiefs uniform.
As of now, there are no serious trade talks between the two teams. With both teams not being able to sign their receivers, trade talks could take place soon.
If the Chiefs would like to keep Bowe rather than trade him away, they have until July 16 to sign him. Otherwise, Bowe will play the entire season under the tag.