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Has Dwayne Bowe Taken His Last Snap As A Chief?

The bad news just keeps coming for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Chiefs fear WR Dwayne Bowe may have as many as two broken ribs.

Bowe took a knee to the back from a Browns player yesterday while blocking on a running play. Bowe did not return and the KC offense struggled mightily in his absence.

If the ribs are indeed broken then Bowe could miss as many as three weeks, which would mean his season is over.

With the season lost there is no reason for the Chiefs to rush Bowe back to action. If it looks as though he won’t be fully healed in time to play another game, the star WR will likely be placed in injured reserve.

And that could mean Bowe’s time in Kansas City is over.

Bowe is currently playing on a one-year contract. Once the 2012 league year ends, unless he signs a new deal or the team franchises him for the second time, Bowe will become a free agent.

Luckily for Chiefs fans, Bowe’s fate will like be decided by someone other than current GM Scott Pioli. The team is a disaster and there is probably a pretty good chance Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt will decide to move on and hire a new GM. If that happens, it will likely be right after the season ends which would give Pioli’s replacement plenty of time to decide what he wants to do with Bowe.

While the new regime will have no ties to Bowe, I’m not so sure they would let him go. The Chiefs have plenty of cap space and very well could be drafting a rookie QB in this year’s draft. The new front office will likely want a talented veteran target for their young QB and so might put a high priority on retaining Bowe’s services. Even if the team and Bowe can’t agree on a long-term deal, the Chiefs still control Bowe’s rights. They can use the franchise tag on him one more time, locking him in for the 2013 season.

Still, there are no guarantees. A lot is going to happen with the Chiefs over the next eight weeks or so and there is a chance that Dwayne Bowe has played his last game as a Chief.

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  • Richard Comstock

    god i hope not. WE love Bowe. Im sure i speak for most of us anyway. With a good QB he will be top 3. your fans have suffered enough this season and we know what happened with CARR. If you don’t pay guys you draft who deserve it then who do you pay? Just think how excited you get when the show tosses the ball behind his back and points to his name. I love it,best kc WR ever..with shitty ass QB’s too.

    • Patrick Allen

      It is impressive what he has done with a lineup of terrible QBs. Would be fun to see him in a decent offense with an accurate QB.

  • Doc

    I have a bad feeling that we have seent he last of Bowe as a Chiefs player. Patrick, you said it best, it would be fun to see him with a decent offense and accurate QB. Even if we franchise him again next year and draft a QB with our #1, there is still the timing issue between the two. One year will not make it. There is still the glaring need that we need a compliment receiver to Bowe. We saw it all too painfully Sunday when Bowe went out – so did our offense. With no other receivers on this team, it really makes no sense to take a QB in the first round. We need to get over the, “We haven’t taken a QB in X many years” mantra. Be careful of what we ask for, there do not appear to be any Luck, RG3, Tannehill, Wheeden level QBs in this next class. Do we really want a mediocre QB to have to wait some more? So if we take a QB with nobody to throw to, then we what have we gained? Taking T’ao with the #1 makes more sense to bolster our LBs, then trade up or take a QB in the 2nd round, and look at the free agents that will be out there. Taking yet another QB makes no sense since we have Stanzi (even though we saw what his skill set is) and ‘Trick Shot’ Tanney sitting idlely by out of sight. Nice day dreaming, but until management (GM) and coaching changes are made, we will be in for a lot more of the same thing – and waiting.

    • drakemcvey

      unless they can get alex smith or mike vick they have to take a qb with the first pick. right now you’re advocating going into next season with who at qb? quinn? i agree the options at qb are less than ideal but i think we can all agree that almost every pick pioli has made has turned out to be “less than ideal” so how can it get any worse? how can geno smith be worse than matt cassel or brady quinn? how does it get worse than the worst qbs sinces 1929. this team has to take a risk or they wont sell any season tickets. but heythat just means people like me get in for 6 bux and get to booo as clark hunt runs this team into the ground

  • Philip Skahan

    interesting views… suppose a non-shitty QB (as you say) would help Bowe catch balls???????