There's nothing worse for an NFL locker room than a disgruntled wide receiver, which is why the Kansas City Chiefs must do everything possible to move Dwayne Bowe before the trade deadline on Thursday, November 1.
Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole recently reported:
I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) October 17, 2012
Bowe and the Chiefs could not come to an agreement on a long-term contract this past offseason, and he grudgingly signed his $9.5 million franchise tender after training camp was concluded (h/t NFL.com). Now, with the team sinking fast into cellar-dweller territory, Bowe is ready to escape.
Unfortunately, the demand for high-priced receivers isn't high in the middle of a season. ESPN's John Clayton spoke about Bowe's chances on NFL Live, via Rotoworld.com, saying there is "virtually no chance" of a Dwayne Bowe trade before Thursday's deadline.
Rotoworld.com also writes:
Big-name, high-dollar receivers are poor candidates to be moved at the deadline because it takes too long to learn a new offensive scheme. Any team dealing for Bowe would have to shell out a draft pick, more than $5 million for the rest of the season, and $11.5 million to franchise him again in 2013.
Or, the team interested in trading for Bowe could sign him to a long-term deal that satisfies him and makes the deal worthwhile for both parties.
There are only two other options if the Chiefs don't want to/can't trade him:
- Sign him to the long-term deal that he wants to appease him for another couple of seasons, or
- Slap the franchise tag on him again in 2013 and deal with the aftermath that comes with a pissed off diva receiver.
The Chiefs would be wise to avoid option No. 2, and the chances of a new deal getting done right now aren't good. Bowe wants to leave, and it's probably not just due to his financial frustrations.
This is a team that was picked by many experts to be a playoff contender, and rightly so. With the amount of talent on both sides of the ball, it's not out of the realm of possibility to envision a winning season.
Unfortunately, Romeo Crennel and his staff have so completely botched things from a managerial/game-planning/common sense perspective that the team is crumbling from the inside out.
The Chiefs should get something for Bowe while they still have a chance. Even if they get less than they believe is fair market value, getting something for a player who wants nothing to do with the team is better than letting him go for nothing.
Keeping him around does the team no good. The longer he stays, the worse his attitude will get—a sure-fire way to ignite locker-room contention.
Bowe needs to go. Make it happen, Scott Pioli.