Teams are scared by free agent Dwayne Bowe's lack of effort

Free agent Dwayne Bowe's lack of effort scares potential suitors

2/18/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) watches from the sidelines in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY SportsThere is little doubt that free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is one of the more talented pass catchers in the NFL. His acrobatic plays on 50/50 balls and good numbers with bad teams have the football world acknowledging his exceptional abilities. Despite all that, Bowe may not cash out quite as much as you'd think this offseason. Teams are questioning just how hard Bowe will be playing once he has signed a long term deal, and that is likely to limit his market value.

This league has seen many players - such as Randy Moss and Brandon Marshall - who have an immense amount of talent, but limit their impact by not leaving all they've got on the field. While Moss simply seems uninterested when the ball isn't going his way, Bowe is more like Marshall, who will work his butt off when he's happy, but just goes through the motions when he isn't. That being said, Bowe may end up being a great pickup if he goes to a competitive team with a solid quarterback. Marshall, who often looked lackadaisical during his days with the Dolphins, was a beast after being traded to the Bears in 2012.

I've already heard that the St. Louis Rams, who are in need of a No. 1 caliber receiver, are not interested in signing Bowe due to their concerns over his effort. With less bidders battling for Bowe's services, his price will probably not be driven up as high.

Interestingly enough, the only other free agent receiver with a shot at topping Bowe's contract this offseason is Mike Wallace, who has plenty of effort issues of his own. Wallace admitted in 2012 that his head wasn't always in the game because he wasn't getting the ball as much as he would have liked. He has all the tools to be an electrifying player and a high-priced free agent, but comments like that may have teams wary of breaking the bank for him.

With teams unsure of what they may get by signing Bowe, the chances that he returns to Kansas City have increased. The Chiefs are reportedly pursuing a long-term deal with Bowe, and with a new offensive-minded head coach who is expected to bring in an upgrade at quarterback, bringing back a top weapon for 2013 (and beyond) would be huge.

Other teams suggested as potential landing spots for Bowe include the Dolphins and Bears. The Dolphins, of all teams, are likely to be wary of Bowe's effort level after trading for Brandon Marshall a few years back. The Bears are unlikely to sign Bowe due to bigger needs on the offensive line and at tight end. The Chiefs are looking like the frontrunners to land Bowe.
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2/18/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

I always feel bad for players who are sucked into a vortex of losing where they really can't do much to make it better...  This is especially true for WRs who can't throw the ball to themselves. Larry Fitzgerald is another who comes to mind immediately.  That guy would put up crazy numbers with anyone decent throwing him the ball...