Projecting 5 2013 NFL Free-Agent Destinations for Dwayne Bowe
Dwayne Bowe isn't returning to the Kansas City Chiefs. The bad blood over the lack of a long-term deal isn't going to simmer down enough for the two sides to find common ground.
So where will the playmaking physical receiver end up? That's yet to be determined since there's still half a season left.
However, we can get some conjecturing done. Click through to find out a few great landing spots for Bowe.
The Miami Dolphins are already embracing the Joe Philbin way. Now they need the wide receivers to keep it going.
Brian Hartline is a slightly taller version of Davone Bess. Neither is the physically imposing type, they're more of the run-a-good-route-and-then-catch-the-ball-consistently type. These are good things, but more is needed for Ryan Tannehill to take another step forward.
The running backs are set, and the offensive line is quite good.
So bringing in Dwayne Bowe wouldn't leave them hurting somewhere else. In fact, he's exactly what they don't have: a physical receiver capable of big plays.
Stevie Johnson has not become the No. 1 receiver that the Buffalo Bills thought they were signing. To blame it on Ryan Fitzpatrick is shortsighted; he wasn't that great before the deal anyway.
The Bills have made a hobby of overvaluing talent lately.
Dwayne Bowe would provide an answer to the Bills offensive enigma. He could be the chain-moving complement to the occasional big play that Johnson makes.
I know what you're thinking.
"Are you nuts? They just gave Sidney Rice a ridiculous contract. The Seattle Seahawks cannot afford another big-money receiver right now."
That may not be entirely true. His contract only guarantees $3.5 million of his 2013 salary. Depending on the hit from his signing bonus, he may be movable.
In addition, this team could use a more consistent wide receiver. Rice has the same problems as Stevie Johnson.
Makes sense now, doesn't it?
St. Louis Rams
Danny Amendola is a nice possession receiver, but he can't physically menace defenses like Bowe. He can't provide the throw-it-up-and-let-him-get-it threat that Bowe can.
For Bradford's mental health, the Rams have to make a play for Bowe. They just have to.
I lied. There is another team that could use a big-time receiver.
The Cleveland Browns don't have the luxury continuing to draft young guys and waiting to see if they pan out. Josh Gordon has shown explosive ability, but the receptions leader is a running back.
That's not good.
Dwayne Bowe would instantly take the young Browns to another level. And they don't have many offensive players (besides Joe Thomas) locked up with big-money contracts.