With Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel picking Brady Quinn as his starting quarterback for Week 8, it's finally time for disgruntled receiver Dwayne Bowe to make a formal trade request before the NFL's trade deadline expires.
Crennel, after guiding the Chiefs to a 1-5 start this season, decided Monday to go with Quinn as the starter over Matt Cassell, who was medically cleared after a concussion kept him out in Week 6. The decision should be the clearest sign yet that Bowe needs to find a way out of Kansas City as soon as possible.
Via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star:
Probably the most impactful move I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback...My biggest deal was my gut (feeling) in telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic, by having a different dynamic. Brady Quinn is the guy I want to go with.
Teicher also said that Crennel wasn't just making the move for Sunday's game with the Oakland Raiders. This may be a long-term situation at quarterback for the Chiefs.
Bowe, who Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports already reported wants out of Kansas City "badly," should formally ask the Chiefs to deal him before the trade deadline. A rule change agreed upon this season pushed back the trade deadline to the Tuesday following Week 8, which gives Kansas City plenty of time to trade the 28-year-old receiver.
While Bowe has 34 receptions for 427 yards and three scores in 2012, his production fell off the map in Quinn's one start this season.
During the Chiefs' 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6, Bowe caught just three passes for 25 yards from Quinn.
Unless Quinn somehow transforms into a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL over the next few days, Bowe's numbers are going to continue to fall. Quinn was a dreadful 22 of 38 for 180 yards and two interceptions in Week 6.
As Bowe's production falls, so does his free-agent value for this coming offseason.
Dealing Bowe now makes sense on the business end for the Chiefs, too. At 1-5, the 2012 season in Kansas City is inching closer and closer to flat-lining.
With the trade deadline pushed back, teams like Kansas City are able to evaluate the current situation and then make difficult but necessary decisions on players like Bowe.
The Chiefs, who failed to get Bowe locked up long term, slapped the one-year franchise tag on him this offseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason.
Considering Bowe appears hell bent on getting out of Kansas City, pulling the trigger on a deal ensures the Chiefs get back value at a price they agree on.
Several teams still in the playoff hunt would, at least on paper, seem eager to obtain a receiver like Bowe.
If Dwayne Bowe formally requests a trade, should the Chiefs deal him before the deadline?
The Miami Dolphins, at 3-3, make a lot of sense. Brian Hartline is currently masquerading around as Miami's No. 1 receiver, but that isn't an ideal situation.
A sleeper team could be the Washington Redskins, who will be without top receiver Pierre Garcon for the foreseeable future. Washington also has an owner unafraid of making a splash, although the Redskins may not have enough in draft capital to swing a deal.
Crennel will say that he is making a change at quarterback to "change the dynamic," but this is a clear sign of where Kansas City's season is headed. Already frustrated with the situation, Bowe should now make it formally and publicly clear his intentions to be moved before the deadline.
And if he does, the Chiefs should oblige.