NFL Rumors: Chiefs Must Trade Dwayne Bowe to Help Rebuild Struggling Team

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 9: Dwayne Bowe #82, of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates his touchdown run against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of play at Lucas Oil Field on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs must trade wide receiver Dwayne Bowe before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline to acquire draft picks and/or players that will help the franchise become a playoff contender again.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, it seems that Bowe would welcome a trade.

I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.

— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012

Aside from running back Jamaal Charles, Bowe is one of the few offensive players on the Chiefs roster with a lot of value on the trade market.

For many NFL teams that are a star wide receiver away from having an offense that's good enough to make a Super Bowl run, Bowe is definitely worth a draft pick or two.

The former LSU star has been a fantastic wide receiver throughout his career and has been very productive even though he's never had a top-tier quarterback throwing him the ball.

Bowe has three 1,000-plus-yard seasons and another season in which he totaled 995 receiving yards. Coming into this year, he had 36 touchdown catches over the last five seasons, including a career-high 15 in 2010. This season, he has 34 catches for 427 yards and three touchdowns.

At 6'2" and 221 pounds, Bowe has tremendous size and can win one-on-one matchups against talented defensive backs because of his spectacular catching ability. With an elite quarterback for a full season, Bowe could be among the league leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns.

He's one of the best receivers in the game but doesn't get the recognition that he deserves because the Chiefs have not been a contender for the majority of his pro career.

The Chiefs need to take advantage of his value and trade him to acquire draft picks that will help the team's rebuilding process.

The team isn't going to compete for a playoff spot this season, so there's no reason to keep Bowe if the Chiefs receive a good offer for him.

Kansas City should contact the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers because all four of these teams are in the playoff race but also need a legitimate No. 1 receiver to strengthen their chances of making the postseason.

Bowe has been a great player for the Chiefs, but trading him would be one of the best ways for the franchise to keep building for the future.