Dwayne Bowe: Power Ranking Best Destinations for Year's Top Free-Agent WR

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for running room after a third quarter catch while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 16-13 in overtime.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Dwayne Bowe has the talent to single-handedly reshape a team's wide receiving corp and he is currently without a contract.

There is a chance, as NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reports, that Bowe will not hit free agency as he and the Chiefs are in discussions about a new deal.

However, if the two sides cannot reach an agreement, Bowe is going to be a hot commodity.

That free-agent market for wide receivers is far from barren, but combine Bowe's skills with the fact that he is 28, and it is pretty clear he is the best of the group. 

Bowe is 6 feet 2 inches, 221 pounds and he has deceptive speed. He knows how to use his body, and he is a natural at plucking the ball at its highest point. 

He does struggle with drops, and he is not without baggage. So, there are risks with this move, but they are risks the following three teams should be willing to take on. 


No. 3: Cleveland Browns

With an offense seemingly lacking any defined leaders, it would be risky for the Browns to bring in a player with a questionable attitude, such as Bowe. 

However, the Browns are desperate for a legitimate No. 1-receiver. 

While Josh Gordon and Greg Little, the Browns' leading receivers last year, are both capable of making plays, they lack the consistency needed to be a true No. 1. 

Bowe would give quarterback Brandon Weeden someone who can consistently get open while commanding extra defensive attention. 

That makes going after Bowe worth the risk for the Browns. 


No. 2: Houston Texans

Will someone finally tell the Houston Texans that Andre Johnson needs some help? 

While Houston has solid balance on offense between the run and pass game, they are still limited in the pass game. 

Andre Johnson is the only player on this roster who can make plays down the field. Kevin Walter is a solid player, but he is a weak No. 2 receiver. 

This helped the opposition bottle up the Texans' offense when it could least afford it. 

While the Texans could target a lesser receiver to help with these concerns, this is the time for the team to go for broke. 

Houston must approach this offseason with a win-now philosophy, and there is not another player out there who could help complete this offense as much as Bowe would.


No. 1: New England Patriots 

Among the talented receivers slated to hit free agency is the Patriots' Wes Welker.  

Both Welker and Bowe are surely going to command top dollar. The Patriots would be well-served to shift that money over to Bowe. 

While the Patriots' offense has been a juggernaut, it is prone to stalling out. The one thing this offense has lacked since the departure of Randy Moss, is a player who scares defenses down the field. Bowe brings that. 

This is an ideal fit for the Patriots as Bowe commands the attention of safeties, which will help open up things for the Patriots' talented tight ends and their improving running game. 

The Patriots have never shied away from players with attitude concerns, and that has paid huge dividends for them over the years. Bowe just might be the next.