The 1-5 Kansas City Chiefs would be difficult to play for right now, especially for a talented wide receiver like Dwayne Bowe.
According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Jason Cole, Bowe feels the same way:
I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
With the Week 8 trade deadline approaching quickly, that doesn't leave much time to move Bowe, but it's possible. Keeping an unhappy star player isn't going to do much for Kansas City unless it starts winning, and it's safe to say that probably won't happen this year.
Flipping Bowe for draft picks would make sense. The Chiefs have needs in multiple areas, something a handful of picks could help alleviate in this April's NFL draft.
Specifics are hard to come by right now, but there's no doubt that Bowe would provide a huge boost for a lot of teams around the league. He has 34 catches for 423 yards and three touchdowns, in a pretty awful offense.
Let's take a look at the three best fits for the disgruntled target.
Rather than wait until the end of the first round to scoop up someone like Baylor's Terrance Williams, why not just trade for Bowe?
Houston has been looking for a capable No. 2 option next to Andre Johnson for the past few seasons, failing to lock that guy down. Keshawn Martin, while a capable slot option, isn't that guy, and Kevin Walter isn't blowing anyone away either.
Giving Johnson someone to work off of in the Texans' passing attack would do wonders for the offense as a whole. Instead of focusing on one receiver and Arian Foster out of the backfield, defenses would have to give Bowe some respect as well.
Putting Bowe on a Super Bowl contender is a scary idea. Sending a second-round pick to the Chiefs in exchange for Bowe's services makes a lot of sense, and the idea of it should scare everyone outside of Houston.
The buzz surrounding Bowe escalated quickly on Wednesday with whispers that the Dolphins were in pursuit.
However, Yahoo!'s Cole clarified:
Just to clarify something: I'm NOT reporting the KC and Miami are talking trade over Bowe. Not yet, at least. Misunderstanding by someone— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
That doesn't mean it doesn't make sense, though. Miami, at 3-3, is much better than anyone anticipated.
Ryan Tannehill is getting more comfortable every week, and that's with Brian Hartline and Davone Bess as his leading receivers. The rookie would benefit from Bowe in a huge way, giving Bowe a chance to be part of a team on the rise.
The Dolphins' record doesn't look great on paper, but they've won two straight. In an AFC East that holds four 3-3 teams, anything could happen at this point. Snatching up Bowe for the extra second-round pick they acquired through the Vontae Davis trade fits.
Bowe would allow Hartline to work as a No. 2 option, moving Bess into the slot where he works better anyway. Opening up the passing game would create more room in the box for Reggie Bush and Lamar Miller, making the Dolphins offense more versatile.
From a personnel and need standpoint, Miami may make the most sense.
The Vikings shocked the NFL by jumping out to a 4-2 start this year, but they still have one glaring hole to fill.
In an offense that relies on possessing the ball, they lack a capable vertical threat for Christian Ponder.
Ponder has taken gigantic steps forward in his second season behind center. He doesn't make many big plays, but he takes care of the football. Because of the Vikings' personnel, he's forced to rely on Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin's run-after-catch ability.
The only real option Minnesota has to stretch the field is Jerome Simpson, and I wouldn't call him reliable. That leaves a glaring hole where Bowe would fit perfectly.
Peterson is healthy and the Vikings defense has bounced back, but it's going to be hard to win a rugged NFC North playing pure possession football.
Sooner or later, the Vikings will need to stretch the field. Bowe would provide that, and he's worth the draft picks to get a deal done.
These three teams are not the only squads that make sense. St. Louis, Jacksonville and the New York Jets could also use a top target, not to mention the Cleveland Browns.
For a player with his talent, you can bet teams will line up. Keep your eyes peeled for specifics as the October 30 deadline nears.