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