For his part, Bowe has played well this season, despite the Chiefs' dismal 1-6 record and extremely poor quarterback play from both Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. He has tallied 37 catches for 492 yards with three touchdowns, and he's easily the most productive receiver on the team.
There are some wide-receiver-needy teams in the playoff hunt at the midseason mark, too, so it's not inconceivable that the demand might be high for Bowe's talents.
The problem with trying to get this deal done is that whichever team wants to trade for Bowe is going to have to invest heavily to land his services.
NFL.com's Michael Lombardi reports, via Gregg Rosenthal:
...the Kansas City Chiefs could expect to receive a third-round compensatory draft pick in return if Bowe left via free agency, so a team would have to give up a second-round pick to get the receiver. That only makes sense if an interested team can negotiate a long-term contract.
Of the teams I mentioned, the Dolphins are only $4 million over the salary cap, the Jets are $8.1 million over, the Vikings are $8.9 million over and the Seahawks are $13.2 million over the cap (h/t ProFootballTalk.com, as of September 3, 2013).
That's not a ton of wiggle room for any of these teams—all of which have important decisions to make in the upcoming offseason regarding players already on their rosters.
Bowe is likely going to demand the same kind of salary that Mike Wallace wanted this past offseason when he attempted to strong-arm the Pittsburgh Steelers into signing him to a massive contract. He is reported to want a contract similar to the one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave to Vincent Jackson in free agency (h/t Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
The asking price to acquire Bowe is simply too high.
Not only will the team interested in his services have to give up at least a second-round pick, but then they must pony up and pay the man. While Bowe is certainly one of the top-20 receivers in the NFL, that's a lot of capital to pin on one man.
Bowe is going to finish his season in Kansas City, whether he likes it or not.
On a happier note, he will be a free agent in 2013, and if he continues to play hard and produce when he's given a chance, Bowe may strike it rich with a legitimate playoff contender.