Bowe wants out of KC, Dolphins a possibility?
Players of Bowe's talent level rarely are moved at the trade deadline in the NFL, but Bowe will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the odds of him signing a contract with the Chiefs seem to be at about zero. The Chiefs do have the opportunity to give Bowe the franchise tag again, but that would almost definitely result in another training camp holdout, and the price of the tag would be higher this time around. The Chiefs probably wouldn't want to pay a hefty price to bring in a player who won't report to camp and doesn't want to be on the team.
With Bowe looking like a certainty to walk during the summer, and the Chiefs sitting at the bottom of the AFC West at 1-5, they have to consider, would it be worth trading Bowe and getting something in return? Jason Cole tweeted after a radio interview on Wednesday "I'm NOT reporting (Kansas City and Miami) are talking trade over Bowe. Not yet, at least."
The Dolphins would make a ton of sense as a trade partner for Bowe, as they have the trade pieces after securing an extra second-round pick and third-round pick in the Vontae Davis and Brandon Marshall trades. They have a high drafted rookie quarterback, a solid group of young running backs, and a lack of weapons to throw to. I won't yet count Brian Hartline - with a career season-high of 615 yards and only two good games this season - as a weapon. With the Dolphins in a four way tie for first place in the AFC East, Bowe could help them make a realistic playoff push.
If quarterback Ryan Tannehill thinks he likes throwing to Hartline, he won't know what he's in for should Bowe come to town. Bowe is a great receiver for a young quarterback because he's a huge target and doesn't need to be that open to haul in the football. He has a sensational history of catching passes that look to be well defended, and Tannehill could find him incredibly useful as a bailout option - the same way Eli Manning found Plaxico Burress so convenient back in the day.
Bowe has averaged 76 catches for 1160 yards and 10 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. He's averaged 5.7 catches for 70.5 yards per game this season, and that's with terribly inconsistent quarterback play. Bowe's numbers speak for themselves - he would be a great addition to any team in the NFL.
The problem for the Chiefs, however, is their lack of a true receiver to replace Bowe. Their top four reception leaders are Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Jamaal Charles, and Shaun Draughn. McCluster was a college running back, Charles is an NFL running back, and Draughn is a backup NFL running back. The next best true receiver is Jonathan Baldwin with 13 catches - just over two per game. The loss of Bowe could be a crippling blow to the league's 24th ranked passing attack.
If the Chiefs want any value out of Bowe down the road, the only way to do so is trading him, though the Chiefs would then have to roll with an offense 99.9% reliant on the running game.