NFL Trade Deadline: Will The Chiefs Trade Bowe?

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL trade deadline was moved back to Thursday because of the devastation that hit the East Coast with Hurricane Sandy but regardless of the extra time, will the Kansas City Chiefs make a move?

The hot topic around the league is whether or not GM Scott Pioli will try to move WR Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs were unable to come to a long-term deal with Bowe this past offseason and so they were forced to place the franchise tag on the WR. This has led to plenty of speculation that Pioli might want to cut ties with Bowe.

To be frank, I would be absolutely shocked if the Chiefs traded Bowe before the deadline. There are plenty of reasons why the trade wouldn’t make sense.

1. Soctt Pioli is on the hot seat.

The Chiefs are terrible and GM Scott Pioli is on the hot seat. If things continue to go south, there is a very good chance Chiefs owner Clark Hunt will decide to move on from Pioli. I seriously doubt that Hunt would allow Pioli to trade away one of the team’s best offensive players just weeks before he turns the organization over to a new regime.

2. Fans might burn down Arrowhead.

Let’s be honest, to say that Chiefs fans are angry right now might be a bit of an understatement. For a team that is constantly labeled as cheap, trading away Bowe would only reinforce that perception. Not to mention that it might be the final straw for fans who are already reaching their wit’s end.

3. They don’t have to.

The Chiefs don’t need to unload Bowe. They hold his rights now and if they aren’t able to come to a long-term deal this offseason, they can franchise Bowe again. It makes the most sense for the Chiefs to let Bowe play out his one-year deal this season and see what the lay of the land is once the offseason arrives.

4. It doesn’t make sense for the team he’d be traded to.

Bowe is on a one-year franchise tag. Trade or no trade, his contract can’t be changed. That means the team that he would be traded to has no guarantee that the WR will sign a long-term deal with them. The new team would have to serve up draft picks to the Chiefs and then negotiate with Bowe at the end of the season. If Bowe doesn’t like his new environment he’d be free to test free agency unless the new club was willing to franchise him.

5. Bowe is worth more than draft picks

The Chiefs offense is terrible. Bowe is way more valuable than any draft pick the Chiefs would get for him in return. KC will likely have a new QB next season and there is a very good chance that it will be a rookie taken in the first round of the draft. Nothing would help out a green QB more than a veteran WR like Bowe. No other WR on the roster has proved to be a consistent threat in regular season games. Baldwin may develop but right now he is a non-factor. Breaston appears to have given up. The Chiefs can’t afford to lose Bowe.

The NFL trade deadline usually has plenty of sizzle but not much ever really happens. The Chiefs are about to be a team in transition. The best course of action will be to finish out the year with the players they have.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Trade Deadline

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  • Jonathan Aldridge

    not sure if trading bowe is logical.. hes our most consistent receiver. we do have baldwin that we never use

  • Chiefswatch

    Pioli is such as prick I would not be surprised if he tries to trade him just to spite the fans. Surely Hunt would step in and stop this though.

    • Jonathan Aldridge

      ya hunts a nicer guy than we give him credit for. i think if we trade him and continue to lose someones gonna get shot! last yr someone got stabbed at the jets game and we only went 7-9!

      • Drewfish

        Problem is we dont need a nice guy owning this team we need a guy willing to do just about anything to help this team win….at this point hes seem to just be worried about the $$$$$…..

  • tm1946

    Like T. Jackson, Routt, every move Pioli makes that fails, sets the Chiefs back years. Because they leave positions that need to be filled. That sets this team back years, all 3+ of Pioli.

    That is why Pioli should be removed from decision-making. We have a better roster but a worse team since he got here.

    Now, what will Clark do, I suspect nothing.

    • tm1946

      PS anyone else having problems posting anything.

      • Matthew Grime

        what about justin houston? He was a huge steal, especially because he came in the 3rd round, and is first round talent

        • tm1946

          The roster has 53 guys, 3+ seasons and all you got is Houston. That would take 159 years to fill a roster, is Pioli that good or would he live that long.

          • Drewfish

            lol right….

          • KCMikeG

            His point was your exaggeration of “every move”. Houston is all that is required to disprove “every move”. Please he was “free” on top of Baldwin which was a brilliant move by Pioli to get Houston on top of his 1st round pick. Besides you only gave two examples yourself. I’ll add that Pioli resigning Charles, DJ, Succop, Flowers and Hali were pretty damn good moves further discrediting your claim of “every move” failure.

          • tm1946

            Might have mis-read what I said, – FOR every mistake. Not that EVERY MOVE but when one occurred there has to be replacement decisions and that sets the team back. Also there are more bad decisions and inaction than good ones. 30+ draft picks and who are the stars, not Pioli picks.

  • Daego3

    alot more upside with Baldwin however..

    • tm1946

      QBs do not throw at him, they have no idea where he will be, slow, does not run routes, perfect fit for the worst team in the NFL, lot’s of upside.

    • tm1946

      Actually Baldwin can only hope to equal the success of another Pioli draft pick, T Jackson. Just imagine two posts, one on each side of the ball, …..just standing there.

  • Dude!

    Why not trade him? Is there a chance he’d get a long-term contract anyway? If not and they don’t franchise tag him, he’ll walk away and all we would have to show for it is having one of the highest paid receivers on one of the worst teams. Get draft picks for the new regime once Pioli is fired and start anew, IMO.

  • ArrowFan

    Buy all accounts Bowe is gone any way at the end of the season, why not go ahead and get something for him now when we can? I say go for anything we can get a 1st round pick would be awesome.

    • Drewfish

      Very true…i know dbowe is worth more but its either somthing now or nothing later…yea we could franchise him agian but then what if he holds out like vincent jackson …then we still get nothing not even playing time…something now sounds a lot better to me!!!

    • http://twitter.com/aharp31 Big Jim

      You won’t get anything for him. Anyone who takes him only has him under control for the remainder of this year unless they franchise him next year. No one is going to do that!

      • ArrowFan

        If I had a team that was say one WR away from competing for the Superbowl then I would trade a draft pick for him even if it meant only using him for a short time. I could see him putting a few teams over the top. But player trades usually don’t happen this late anyway so he is not going anywhere.

  • ArrowFan

    What good does Bowe do a team that isn’t making the playoffs? He will be gone next year for nothing, unless Pioli franchises him again and gets a trade offer or something, but I doubt he gets taged again. If another team needing a WR wants to trade draft picks then Pioli would be stupid not to.

  • jimfromkcj

    We are going to either pay Bowe more than he is worth or if we decide to franchise him again we are either going to pay Albert more than he is worth or lose him for nothing. The genuis Pioli seems to me to have screwed the pooch once again. If we can get a 2nd rd pick for Bowe, do it and than we have some leverage with Albert.

    • Danny W

      I’d rather have Bowe than Albert myself, he’s been getting blown up against the run.

      • KCMikeG

        Finally we disagree! I think Albert is the only foundation on our OL and having the rookie Allen next to him is the problem. Bowe on the other hand has pretty much checked out and is NOT a leader or even a team guy. Bowe at $9.5M is already over paid for his effort and production and at $11.5M on a franchise tag next year is just foolish. Amendola, Cruz, Jennings are all FA’s. Terrance Williams and DeAndre Hopkins are a couple of draft picks I like. I still have hope for Baldwin as it is not unusual for rookies to take 2-3 to mature and we certainly have not provided a stable environment or quality QB’s.

  • Danny W

    The only way I like to trade Bowe is somehow some way we get the linebacker out of Notre Dame along with a franchise quarterback.

    • ArrowFan

      I had the same thought last weekend watching ND dominate OU. I said I want that guy on my team. He reminded me of a former SD LB that gave us head aces for years. But the QB comes first.

  • Chiefsfan1
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    The Chiefs need serious help, from the top down, not just players! They waited too long to get rid of Larry Johnson (G-Bay wanted him for first rounders); and, now, they waited too long to pull trigger on Bowe. “IF” he is our best offensive player, we are in dire straits!

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