The most rampant trade rumors have been linked to disgruntled Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
Jason Cole of Yahoo sports reported last week that Bowe wants out of Kansas City—bad.
You cannot blame Bowe for wanting out of Kansas City. The quarterback situation has been downright awful for the Chiefs and did not get any better Monday when head coach Romeo Crennel announced Brady Quinn as his starting quarterback for Week 8. In Quinn’s one start this season, Bowe had only three catches for 25 yards.
Quinn’s glory days are behind him on the campus of Notre Dame, and Matt Cassel has not been able to match the production he had during his one year as the starter in New England.
The Miami Dolphins are the team in most need of a playmaking wide receiver.
Bowe has broken the 1,000-yard mark the last two seasons and found the end zone 20 times. Brian Hartline, the Dolphins best receiver, has yet to rack up more than 615 yards or three touchdowns in a single season.
The problem is that Bowe is signed to a one-year, franchise tag deal. This means that next offseason he will be a free agent. The Dolphins do not have any significant players they could move in the deal, so it will surely take a high draft pick to get the Pro Bowl receiver. Would they be willing to part with a high pick without the certainty that Bowe will stay with the franchise after the season?
The probability of this trade happening depends on how much interest the Dolphins express as the deadline nears. Miami is not exactly in a win now mode, so draft picks are valuable on building a winning team going forward—especially on a Joe Philbin coached team, who believes that drafting well is how to build a successful franchise.
Bowe would help tremendously, but they have to make sure he wants to be with them for the foreseeable future before pulling the trigger on a deal.
Probability of happening: 6.5 out of 10