Oct 9, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) celebrates his touchdown catch in the end zone against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kansas City defeated Indianapolis 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Dwayne Bowe Says He Wants To Stay A Chief


I’ll be honest with you, my fellow Chiefs fans: I was racking my brain trying to come up with a third positive post to do this evening. I decided that after days of complaining about what is wrong with this team I wanted to keep it positive today. I started with a post about the talent still on this roster, followed with a post about how good the videos put out by 65 TPT Productions are, and now I can finish the day off with some good news regarding Dwayne Bowe.

Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star has a must-read article up this evening for anyone who is concerned about the Chiefs resigning their top receiver. Last month Yahoo’s Jason Cole was asked by a Miami radio station if he thought the Dolphins might try to trade for Bowe before the trade deadline. He said (I’m paraphrasing) that it was possible. This was misreported by some that Cole was saying that the Dolphins and the Chiefs were trying to negotiate a deal. He later took to Twitter to clarify that he didn’t know anything about them working on a deal, just that it would make sense if they were. He then Tweeted this:

I can report this: Bowe wants out of KC very badly. Not exactly a revelation, but true.

I’ll be completely honest; I’ve been operating under the assumption that Bowe is as good as gone after this season. Here’s my reasoning. The Chiefs couldn’t come to a long term deal this last offseason and its hard to imagine that either side is going to move significantly after this season is over. Given Bowe’s tendency for drops, showboating, and occasional knuckleheadedness it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs tagging him a second time and paying him well over $10 million for a single season (although they will need to spend up to the spending floor next year, so that might not be an issue). I also believe that if Bowe hits free agency that someone will offer him a silly amount of money that KC won’t match (see: Carr, Brandon). Finally, my thinking has been that Bowe would want no part of staying in KC. Why should he take less money to stay with a run first team with no quarterback that’s in a small market and doesn’t like his attention seeking “Bowe Show” ways? I’ve always seen him taking big money in a big market if he had the chance. The fact that the Chiefs are also TERRIBLE this season doesn’t help matters either.

That was a very long way of saying that I didn’t think Bowe would resign with KC.

That all having been said, Teicher’s article today caught me by surprise. Even when I saw the headline I was expecting the typical “I love KC, I’d like to work something out, we’ll see what happens after the season” line that most soon to be free agents spout out (probably at their agent’s urging). Everyone should go to the Star’s website and read it for yourself. Bowe doesn’t just claim he wants to stay, he emphatically denies the reports that he wants to leave. Check out some of these quotes.

“I never said I didn’t want to be here. I never said that. This is where it started for me. This is where people know me from. That’s crazy to me.”

“When I heard that, I was like, ‘Where did that come from?’ I never said I wanted out. Please clear that up for me.”

“I play the game to win. That’s what I do week in and week out. I feel we can do that here, of course. Things happen, and it won’t be easy, but I try to show (that spirit) and it will become contagious. You’ll see it. It’s coming.”

That’s not your garden variety PC/PR prewritten by an agent quote. What’s more, Bowe is usually a guy with no filter. He just says what he’s feeling or thinks and it has gotten him in trouble before. That’s why this report surprised me. I have a hard time believing that Bowe suddenly became a PR wizard and dropped these denials to win over public opinion. I believe the guy, and this is coming from someone that woke up this morning thinking that there was a 0% chance that Bowe would stay in KC.

Now, this doesn’t mean that Bowe and the Chiefs will work something out. Bowe may still want a big, fat, Vincent Jackson-esqe, multi-year deal that the Chiefs just may not think he is worth. I still can’t see Bowe giving KC a big hometown discount if his agent thinks he can hit the lottery on the open market. However, I’m encouraged that Bowe seems to want to stay assuming the Chiefs will pay him. That at least ups the odds of him returning some.

For now, that’s about the best you can ask for.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Get your grain of salt ready boys…

    I’ve been told by someone VERY close to the Bowe family that he will stay in Kansas City. More specifically, I was told that there’s been a handshake agreement in place since the off-season. The terms: Bowe agreed to be franchised in 2012, but will be signed to a four-year deal this coming off-season.

    • Jim Harper

      That would certainly be a step in the right direction.

    • KCMikeG

      Hope you’re right.

  • Jim Harper

    Certainly welcome news. Bowe is a rare talent. Yes he’s had some drops, but I don’t think he is any more prone to them than anyone else. I’ve also seen him make some incredible circus catches. He has to, because Cassel rarely throws anything where it is supposed to go. The Chiefs most definitely need to pay him, especially if we get our franchise QB next draft. He will need someone like Bowe to help him progress, and I think Bowe would take on that task willingly and eagerly. It is high time this franchise began doing things the right way, not the fucking Patriot Way!

    • Matt Finucane

      here here, to all of that

      • Jim Harper

        Thanks Big Matt! Good to have you back, but then I say that to everyone that agrees with me.:)

    • Chief Hokie

      The only thing that annoys me about Bowe (besides when he points to his name after scoring a TD in garbage time), is that while he has the ability to make some unbelievable circus catches, he often drops the easy ones and at the worst possible time.

  • Doc

    Yeah…and he also said he’d be in training camp. Words are cheap when political correctness counts more. I’ll be the first to eat crow if Bowe stays in KC after this year.

    • Jim Harper

      And I’ll be happy to serve it to you!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.aldridge.73 Jonathan Aldridge

        oh good one, jim lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.aldridge.73 Jonathan Aldridge

    Why did everyone think he was gonna leave? he’s not the money whore we all thought he was and not to mention hes probably thinkin we’ll have a new qb next yr..

  • KCMikeG

    Hmmmmmm??? Bowe wants to stay. WHY? We suck! What the hell is wrong with DJ, Charles, Hali, Flowers and Succop all resigning for less than they could have gotten on the open market? Why? If Pioli is so fucking awful and this team is such a disgrace – even the worst team ever then why? Have you listened to what Kevin Boss said about wanting to play here? Have you seen the commercial by Eric Berry where HE says how bad he wanted to play here and how much he loves it here in KC and how much we the fans mean to him and that there is no where else he would want to play? WHY?

    We need to calm down and see that these players know WAY MORE than any fan or local “media” talking head knows about Pioli and the team. The right coaching staff and QB and we are on our way. Lets represent OUR CHIEFS the way the SEA OF RED always has!

  • Chief Hokie

    This seems more like a ploy to get the fanbase on his side so that by the time the end of the season rolls around Pioli will have no choice but to give him that long term deal, which is probably more money than he could get anywhere else. Pioli’s walking on thin ice these days, and getting rid of Bowe, especially after this well-timed, heartwarming confession, would likely be the straw that broke the camel’s back. If Bowe’s going down, he’s bringing Pioli with him.

  • chiefridgy

    Good news to hear on a Red Friday Morning!

  • ArrowFan

    Maybe now that Pioli is on his way out and an actual QB is on his way in then things around here are looking up for an all pro WR.

    • Lenny Lieurance

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Chris turner

    The only way Bowe would even consider staying is if Pioli is gone.