The Kansas City Chiefs entered the 2012 season with the expectation of at least competing for an AFC West title. After starting the year 1-5, the team is now likely to vie for the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL Draft.
Many thought the Chiefs were just a few additions away from cementing their depth chart as one of the more talented in the league. Now it seems as though one of Kansas City's mainstays might soon be calling some place other than Arrowhead Stadium home.
"I can report this," tweeted Yahoo! Sports writer Jason Cole on Oct. 17. "Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true."
When both sides failed to reach a long-term deal and the franchise tag was placed on the wideout, it may have been a sign that Bowe wouldn't be a Chief after this season anyway.
After seeing Cole's tweet and how the team is performing early on, who would blame Bowe for wanting to continue his career in a different uniform? However, if the Chiefs complete a trade sending the wideout elsewhere, it would highlight a huge mistake made by general manager Scott Pioli.
Pioli decided to let cornerback Brandon Carr walk in free agency this past offseason with little fight, choosing instead to play hardball with Bowe in contract negotiations.
The Chiefs obviously thought Bowe was more important to the future of the franchise, so you can't blame the organization for at least sticking to its guns. What it indicates, however, is Pioli's inability to get a proper feel for what the player may actually want, but rather blindly building a roster by name alone.
Kansas City signed Stanford Routt to step in for Carr. So far, it is not working out. The cornerback has played poorly this season, building up to last week's letdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Chiefs had plenty of cap space entering the season, so the decision to cut cost on a position (cornerback), which has increasingly become more important in the pass-happy NFL, came with many questions.
Hindsight is 20/20, but there were options that involved both players being Chiefs this season and possibly long-term.
Instead, the Chiefs might soon be without Bowe and Carr, and Pioli—the man behind it all—is reported to have been offered a contract extension.