Dwayne Bowe Likely Done as a Chief, so Where Will He Play in 2013?

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 10, 2012

Dwayne Bowe Likely Done as a Chief, so Where Will He Play in 2013?

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    Dwayne Bowe may not start another game for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 due to a rib injury and the wide receiver is a free agent after this season. So, where will he land in 2013?

    Per Pro Football Talk's Evan Silva:

    Bowe likely has played last snap with #Chiefs. RT @kcchiefs_reid Coach says Bowe is out for Sunday's game against the Raiders

    — Evan Silva (@evansilva) December 10, 2012


    Bowe has had a tenuous relationship with the Chiefs since before the season began. He was looking for a long-term contract, but the team wasn't willing to award him with one and he reluctantly signed his franchise tender.

    He is a receiver who will likely draw plenty of interest around the league in 2013, though. Bowe has been a productive player since joining the Chiefs in 2007, despite playing with subpar quarterbacks throughout his career. 

    His best season came in 2010—Matt Cassel's first season with the Chiefs—when he caught 72 passes for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

    So, which teams will be the likeliest candidates to sign Bowe in 2013?

Minnesota Vikings

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    Percy Harvin can't do it all by himself in Minnesota. 

    The Vikings need a big-bodied, physical receiver to pair with the speedy Harvin, and Christian Ponder needs more than just one outside target.

    Adding Dwayne Bowe to the mix in Minnesota would give this team an element it's been missing since letting Sidney Rice go a few years ago. Not only is he a good possession receiver, but he's a deadly red-zone target who is also a willing and able run-blocker.

New York Jets

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    There aren't many teams with less talent at the wide receiver position than the New York Jets.

    Santonio Holmes is pretty good when he's healthy, but Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill have been underachieving all year long. 

    Given the team's financial commitment to Mark Sanchez, it would be wise to bring in another proven veteran receiver to pair with Holmes. 

    Kerley would still be a valuable player as a slot receiver, and Hill would be able to develop without the pressure of being thrust into a role he's not yet ready for. 

Miami Dolphins

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    No disrespect to Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, but the Miami Dolphins desperately need to upgrade the level of talent on the outside of their offense. 

    Hartline and Bess have proven to be productive players, but their ceilings only go so high. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown he's capable of becoming an excellent quarterback, but as his eight passing touchdowns show, he won't ever reach his potential with the players currently on the team's roster.

    Adding Dwayne Bowe to this lineup would give the Dolphins a big boost, especially in the red zone. 

St. Louis Rams

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    Sam Bradford has never been given the proper tools with which to operate the St. Louis Rams offense. 

    Danny Amendola is a phenomenal athlete who regularly makes jaw-dropping plays and Brandon Gibson has stepped up to become a decent player, but Bradford has never had a legitimate No. 1 receiver.

    Given the physical nature of Jeff Fisher's team, adding Dwayne Bowe—a physical receiver who can beat one-on-one coverage on a regular basis—seems like a perfect fit. 

San Diego Chargers

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    Robert Meachem never made the kind of impact he was expected to make when the San Diego Chargers brought him in to replace Vincent Jackson. Neither did Eddie Royal, as a matter of fact. 

    The Chargers thought that Jackson was easily replaceable, but after the disaster that was San Diego's season, it's clear that Philip Rivers needs a big, strong receiver on the outside that can compare to Jackson in order to succeed—though an offensive line that can pass-protect couldn't hurt, either. 

    We've seen what kind of impact Dwayne Bowe can have on an offense, and I'm positive he'd come to life again playing with Rivers in San Diego. 


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