Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe: the Next Great QB-WR Tandem?

Steven FinchCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2009

With the now-completed trade of Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, could the greatest quarterback-to-wide receiver tandem in history be in the makings? 

I, for one, think so.

The Chiefs have badly needed a quarterback for years, and now they have one.

For those of you who were on the moon last football season, Cassel took over for an injured Tom Brady in the first week of the season. He hadn't thrown a pass since high school, so everyone—including me—was not sure if he would be able to deliver the Patriots to the playoffs.

Well, New England didn't make the postseason, but their year could have been a lot worse.

Cassel finished the season with a quarterback rating of 89.4. He also had 3,693 yards and 21 TD with only 11 INT.

His performance put to rest the thought of him not being capable of being "the guy" for a club.

When the Pats franchised him last month, you couldn't help but think that it was just a formality. We knew some organization out there would be willing to trade a very high draft pick for him.   As it ends up, the team to bid most convincingly were the Kansas City Chiefs.

What the Chiefs already have is an up-and-coming wide receiver in Dwayne Bowe.

They've also got veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez and running back Larry Johnson, though both have publicly stated they want out of KC.

But with the trade, I wonder if they will still want out? Does this trade turn the Chiefs into contenders?

It sure does.

But back to Bowe, who was drafted by the Chiefs in 2007. In his rookie season, he finished with 995 yards and five touchdowns. In his second year, he managed 1,022 yards and seven TD.

And those numbers were with the likes of Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle at quarterback.

Now that Cassel's in town, Bowe's stock will rise. Fantasy owners will be clamoring to get the tandem of Cassel and Bowe.

They have the potential to be the next Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, or Steve Young and Rice.

I foresee a great decade of football ahead for the Chiefs, as long as they can keep their new franchise quarterback and wide receiver of the future.

If they can, nothing can stop them. Cassel and Bowe could go down in history for the magic they can create.