How Dwayne Bowe Can Become a Miami Dolphin in 2013
Picturing Bowe in a Dolphins uniform is fun. He would immediately bolster a mediocre wide receiver corps and give Miami another young weapon to add to their arsenal.
The odds of this image ever coming to fruition are incredibly thin; however, they are not obsolete.
Bowe is upset with the Chiefs because he wanted to sign a long-term deal this offseason and still hasn't done so. The Kansas City franchise tagged Bowe to prevent him from entering unrestricted free agency in March, and despite months of negotiations, a deal does not appear to be imminent.
If both sides can't strike a deal within the next week, then Bowe must either play this season under the franchise tag (which pays him upwards of $9 million) or sit out the entire year.
Don't expect Bowe to sign a long-term deal this week. Instead, he'll probably sign his tender, and both sides will revisit negotiations after the season. If they fail to strike a deal once again, the Chiefs are free to slap the franchise tag on Bowe a second time.
But what if the Chiefs decide to part ways with Bowe in 2013?
Would the Dolphins even be interested in this famously erratic wide receiver?
Could they actually sign him?
Bowe might have interest in playing for the Dolphins, but this isn't Madden. There's a ton of obstacles standing in between a potential marriage.
For starters, Miami is strapped for cash. This team is in danger of losing any combination of Jake Long, Randy Starks, Sean Smith, Reggie Bush, Anthony Fasano and Brian Hartline next offseason.
Retaining Long, Starks and Smith and others will and should be Miami's first priority. After the Dolphins re-sign their own players, they won't have enough cap space to sign Bowe.
Plus, the Dolphins' philosophy is changing.
Joe Philbin wants to build through the draft like his ex-employer, the Green Bay Packers. He wants to draft high-character, high-quality players and build a respected culture reminiscent of the Packers'. So it's tough to see Miami acquiring Bowe, a player who has clashed with coaches and violated the league's substance abuse policy, especially after shipping Brandon Marshall away.
There are only two ways Bowe can conceivably become a Dolphin.
1) Some combination of Long, Starks, Smith and other free agents opt for free agency.
2) Bowe takes a discounted pay cut.
If the Dolphins lost, say, Jake Long and Sean Smith, then they'd have money to spend. Losing players like Long and Smith would be damaging for the team and the fanbase. But bringing in Dwayne Bowe would definitely soothe some of the pain.
Bowe would have to prove that he is mature and dedicated to winning, of course.
Maybe then, and only then, would Philbin be willing to overlook Bowe's checkered past and pay a hefty sum for his services.
Davis, Ochocinco and Bowe can fantasize about playing together, but they're not pulling the strings.
The Dolphins and Chiefs are.
The odds of Dwayne Bowe entering free agency are slim, and the odds of him joining the Miami Dolphins even slimmer.
However unlikely, this Twitter chirping could give birth to an actual move.
Just like Brandon Marshall's did.
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