Dwayne Bowe: Re-Signing Top Receiver Should Be Chiefs' No. 1 Priority

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 9, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 09: Linebacker Craig Robertson #53 of the Cleveland Browns tries to catch wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Bowe was the only positive from the Kansas City Chiefs' passing game in 2012; bringing him back should be a no-brainer.

The team had the worst passing offense in the NFL last season, but most of that was due to ineptitude at the quarterback position.

With Andy Reid taking over as head coach, and the team armed with the top pick in the draft, the Chiefs are in position to bring in a franchise quarterback.

It would be a shame to lose their only better-than-average receiver before they hand the keys to the offense to a new quarterback. Bowe missed three games and was distracted by his contract situation throughout the season.

He still managed to haul in 59 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns. That may not sound like a stellar season, but when you consider he had Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel throwing to him all year, it's understandable.

Bowe is only 28 years old, and he's been durable throughout his career. He's only missed eight games in six seasons. He's gone over 1,000 yards three times, and at 6'2", 220 pounds, he's the type of big-body receiver a young quarterback needs.

Using a big and athletic receiver like Bowe down the field, or on fade routes in the end zone, is a great weapon for any quarterback. Because he's a proven performer, he could really help the development of the Chiefs' new signal-caller.

It is unclear whether Reid will elect to draft Geno Smith from West Virginia with the first overall pick, but without a doubt, the Chiefs have to pick a quarterback at some point in the 2013 NFL draft.

Because of the current situation in Kansas City, a rookie quarterback has a good chance to play early.

If Bowe is no longer with the team, the next quarterback is likely to have Dexter McCluster, Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston as his top targets.

That group will make improving in the passing game very difficult—even with a new quarterback.

The Chiefs need to keep Bowe to give their new-look offense a chance to succeed.


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