Dwayne Bowe’s past with the Kansas City Chiefs has involved several disappointments.
Another one came to add to his seven-year NFL career when he was suspended one game for this season stemming from a marijuana arrest. Bowe also suffered what appears to be a finger injury, too.
With all of the troubles and questions about his dedication with the team and his craft throughout his career, could the Chiefs eventually decide to part ways with the wide receiver?
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, it could be an option for Kansas City.
The suspension most likely voids the remaining fully guaranteed money in Bowe’s contract: $8.75 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015. It creates a window for the Chiefs to dump Bowe, avoiding more than $10 million and creating an immediate $8.75 million in 2014 cap space. (The extra cap space now would almost entirely offset the $9 million cap charge they’d take in 2015, due to the post-June 1 move.)
Unless Bowe’s contract specifically was negotiated to remove now-standard language voiding future guarantees in the event of a suspension, the Chiefs could make a move at any point after Bowe’s one-week exile begins, but before the moment that his salary becomes guaranteed as ‘termination pay,’ a benefit for all players with four or more years of service who are on a team’s Week One roster.
It’s unlikely the Chiefs will do this, considering their receiving corps will be heavily depleted and weak with his departure.
However, ESPN’s Adam Teicher writes that keeping Bowe increases the chances that he will likely let down the team again at some point in the future.
If you’re surprised at this latest news regarding Dwayne Bowe — he was suspended one game for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy — you haven’t been paying attention. You remember his four-game suspension in 2009 for performance-enhancing drugs. You recall that earlier in his career, Bowe repeatedly reported to camp in lousy physical condition. You know dependability isn’t Bowe’s strong suit, despite his three 1,000-yard seasons. Next time, however, will the Chiefs be fortunate enough to lose Bowe for only one game and against one of the weaker opponents on their schedule? Because there’s one thing we know, if we’ve been paying attention: Bowe will eventually let the Chiefs down again.
Bowe, 29, caught 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns with the Chiefs last year.