The Kansas City Chiefs staked their claim to the title of the National Football League's worst team with a 23-13 loss on Sunday in which the offense looked positively horrible, and with the season seemingly lost and the trade deadline just around the corner, speculation regarding one of Kansas City's best offensive players is bound to pick up steam.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is set to hit free agency after the season, has been one of the most talked-about players in the NFL where a potential trade is concerned, and given the 28-year-old's apparent unhappiness in Kansas City, it may well be in the Chiefs' best interests to at least listen to offers for Bowe.
According to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, to say that Bowe is looking forward to his impending free agency is something of an understatement.
I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
So, if Bowe is set on leaving Kansas City, the question now becomes, what do the Chiefs do about it?
Granted, the team could always slap the franchise tag on Bowe again, but I don't know how financially prudent it would be for a team that's staring an extensive rebuild in the face to lock up a large chunk of their cap space in a player that doesn't want to be there in the first place.
There are likely more than a few teams that would have interest in Bowe, who has 37 catches for 492 yards and three touchdowns this season, if the price tag isn't too high.
According to Rotoworld, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported on Football Night in America that the Chiefs would be looking for at least a third-round pick in return, assuming that a suitor for Bowe could get him to sign off on a contract extension that's not an exorbitant asking price.
The fact is that odds are, Bowe isn't going anywhere. Trades are something of a rarity in the National Football League, and deals involving a player as prominent as Bowe in the middle of the season are exceedingly so.
With that said, though, it's also a fact that the Kansas City Chiefs aren't going anywhere in 2012, and all indications are that Dwayne Bowe has no intention of returning, so it might just make sense for the Chiefs to get something in return for their investment in Bowe while they still can.