Bowe to Miami would have risks, rewards

October, 18, 2012
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Trade rumors are swirling that the Miami Dolphins might be interested in Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe. Keep in mind this is only speculation. Nothing official is coming from the Chiefs or the Dolphins, who are on a bye week. But now that we got that disclaimer out of the way, let’s explore the possibilities of Bowe to Miami. It would be a high-risk, high-reward move for the Dolphins.

Here are pros and cons of a potential trade for Miami:
  • Pros: The Dolphins need a true, No. 1 receiver to take their passing game to the next level. Bowe has proven over his career that he can put up good numbers, despite inconsistent quarterback play in Kansas City. Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill has done a great job developing with the thin group of receivers he has. A big, athletic target like Bowe would speed up Tannehill's learning curve even more. The trio of Bowe, Brian Hartline and Davone Bess in the slot could be formidable. The AFC East is wide open with four teams, including Miami (3-3), in a tie for first place. This is a good time for the Dolphins to make a move and push for the playoffs. The Dolphins have plenty of draft capital to trade, including five picks in the first three rounds. Bowe is a Miami native who reportedly wants out of Kansas City.
  • Cons: Bowe is playing on a one-year franchise tag, and there is no guarantee that he would stay with the Dolphins for the long term. The Dolphins have about a half-dozen pending free agents who are important to the team. Players like left tackle Jake Long, tailback Reggie Bush, cornerback Sean Smith, defensive tackle Randy Starks and Hartline all will seek raises and contract extensions this offseason. Trading for Bowe would add his name to the list. Miami can’t keep everyone and may be trading away the future to rent Bowe for 10 games. Bowe also comes with baggage. He was suspended for four games in 2009 for taking a banned weight-loss supplement. Bowe also has been in and out of the doghouse various times in Kansas City and wants a big payday. The Dolphins just traded troubled receiver Brandon Marshall. They also cut Chad Johnson after he got in trouble this summer. Can Miami take in another troubled but talented receiver?

That is the good and the bad of Miami going after Bowe. The Dolphins have to make a decision before the Oct. 30 trade deadline if they’re interested.

Should Miami make this move?

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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