Dwayne Bowe: Ranking Most Likely Landing Spots for Electric Receiver

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 13, 2013

Oct 7, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) catches a pass against Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard (31) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Baltimore won the game 9-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Dwayne Bowe is one of the hottest names in free agency this offseason.

The six-year veteran may have made only one Pro Bowl appearance so far, but that has had more to do with his quarterback situation in Kansas City than anything else.

Despite being burdened with a litany of mediocre quarterbacks on the Chiefs, the 28-year-old has still posted three seasons of more than 1,000 yards (he racked up 995 yards in his rookie campaign).

He's ranked as the No. 3 free-agent receiver by Pro Football Focus, behind Greg Jennings and Wes Welker (via CBS Boston).

Here's a look at the five most likely destinations for the electric wideout this offseason.


5. New York Jets

Bowe would be a nice fit alongside Santonio Holmes and the Jets like to go after big names in free agency. 

With that being said, the Jets' salary-cap situation scares me (via John Clayton of ESPN.com). They may be able to find some cap room, but they likely won't be able to break the bank to land a high-caliber receiver like Bowe.

Plus, not only would Bowe likely receive less money playing for the Jets, he would have Mark Sanchez throwing him the ball. After his years of watching mediocre quarterbacks throw the pigskin over his head/at his feet, I would be scared off if I was him.


4. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings don't have cap room like the Dolphins and second-year quarterback Christian Ponder was inconsistent last season.

There's no question the Vikings would love a receiver like Bowe to replace Percy Harvin (who is likely on his way out), but Minnesota isn't exactly a prime destination for receivers these days.


3. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have the most cap space in the league and they are in dire need of a game-changing receiver. They could draft someone like Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson or Cal's Keenan Allen, but their problems at receiver may require an instant shot in the arm to get the ball rolling.

Bowe would be that instant upgrade. He would also likely make the most money going to Miami.

The question is, do the Dolphins want him? In January, owner Stephen Ross was quoted as saying, "Free agency isn't the answer" (via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post).


2. New England Patriots

If Bowe wants to join a winner, he takes less money and heads to the New England Patriots.

Not only would he have Tom Brady throwing him the pigskin, he could be the Patriots' No. 1 receiver if New England lets Wes Welker walk.

It's pretty simple—if Bowe wants to win now, the Patriots are the logical choice. If he wants a big pay day, he'll likely go elsewhere.


1. Kansas City Chiefs

You'd think, after all Bowe has been through in Kansas City (the names of Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Quinn Gray, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Brady Quinn and Kyle Orton give him nightmares at night), the last place you'd expect him to end up is back in KC.

However, with Andy Reid taking over for the Chiefs, an emphasis will likely be placed on finding a decent quarterback (either via the draft or free agency) and some suitable receivers.

That may sweeten the pot for Bowe and I'm guessing the Chiefs are going to do everything in their power to convince him to stay. 


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