Fantasy Football News – While the deals contract terms have not been officially announced by the Kansas City Chiefs as of this posting, it has been ReTweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Dwayne Bowe has agreed to a five-year contract that will keep himself playing at Arrowhead Stadium for the next several years.
FFLockerRoom Take – Taking into account that the Chiefs have presumably given up two second round picks, one in 2013 and the other in 2014 to the San Francisco 49ers franchise to acquire veteran quarterback Alex Smith, this move makes sense. While Smith is no Joe Montana, no pun intended on the 49ers irony, he is also no Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, something that Bowe owners will appreciate greatly.
This deal shows just the type of impact new head coach Andy Reid is bringing to the organization with a no-nonsense type of approach. Before this deal it very well looked as if the franchise would either be handcuffed to having to franchise tag him once again or having to let Bowe go without any type of compensation. While the latter would most likely never have happened because of the transition that the organization is trying to make at the quarterback position, it still was a possibility. But thankfully to both sides commiting to eachother, Kansas City fan will be able to sleep better tonight.
The deal is believed to be worth $56 million with $26 million guaranteed and will see Bowe being paid $11 million a season over the stretch of this deal. So with the contract being agreed to, what can we expect from Bowe come 2013?
After an awesome 2010 campaign in which Bowe visted the end-zone 15 times, he has seen his touchdown totals slip drammatically. His reception total last year was also the lowest that it has been since 2009 while failing to go beyond 801 receiving yards. While that has a lot to do with defensive matchups and such, you can also blame a lot of it on who was controlling the rock. Personally I am looking at a bounce back season and a solid 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns. While he has to remain healthy to get to those numbers, the running game that the Chiefs deploy should help keep defenses more honest.
Bowe deserves to be drafted as a lower-end WR2, higher-end WR3 in deeper leagues with hopes that you find a diamond in the rough while getting excellent value for your fantasy draft pick.