How Would a Dwayne Bowe Trade Affect Matt Cassel, Chiefs' Offense?

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How Would a Dwayne Bowe Trade Affect Matt Cassel, Chiefs' Offense?
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Fresh off another loss—this time in the form of a 26-16 home defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon—the Kansas City Chiefs' 2012 season can't end soon enough.

As this season progresses, changes to the roster and coaching staff become more likely.

The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. There is one name that Chiefs fans will be monitoring for the next couple of days: Dwayne Bowe.

Yahoo! Sports writer Jason Cole sent out a tweet on Oct. 17 stating that Bowe wanted out of Kansas City "very badly." That was during the Chiefs' bye week and before the team committed to Brady Quinn as the quarterback.

In an ironic twist of fate, Quinn left Sunday's loss in the first quarter with a head injury—the same issue that caused Cassel (diagnosed with a concussion) to miss time, giving Quinn his shot.

However, if Bowe is dealt by Tuesday's deadline, does it really matter who the quarterback of this team is?

Bowe leads the Chiefs in all major receiving categories, so his departure would have a sobering impact on the offense moving forward—not just this season, but beyond. But with only one win, and the wide receiver likely not back with the team next year, Kansas City would do well to get anything in return for Bowe while they still control his rights.

BJ Kissel of Arrowhead Pride had this to say when asked how a potential Bowe trade would affect Cassel and the Chiefs' offense:

Long term, it won't affect Cassel because he won't be playing QB for Chiefs. But (Jon) Baldwin needs to step up.

With this season all bust lost, any production out of Bowe is a waste. But what about beyond 2012?

Should the Chiefs trade Dwayne Bowe, even if compensation is lower than expected?

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Kansas City could place the franchise tag on Bowe again after this season. But if he has no desire to continue his playing career with the Chiefs, the team needs to realize this and not let him leave town while getting nothing in return.

How Bowe's potential departure affects this team is directly related to Baldwin's development and how general manager Scott Pioli uses the draft picks that will likely be compensation in the deal.

With no direction this year, Kansas City's offense will possibly start to resemble one that you might see in the preseason—very vanilla, in an attempt to keep certain players healthy and happy.

With Baldwin slow to live up to his first-round talent, the Chiefs will need to be creative in replacing Bowe's production beyond 2012.

 

Jeremy Sickel is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.

Follow Jeremy on Twitter @KCPopFlyBoy or contact him at jeremy@popflyboys.com

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