Could Dwayne Bowe Be a Dolphin in the Future? (Photo Credit: KansasCityKC.com)
The Twitterverse came ablaze Sunday afternoon as CB Vontae Davis tweeted that talented WR Dwayne Bowe should come home and play in Miami with newly signed Chad Ochocinco. Davis also intimated that Bowe would be open to “bringing his talents to South Beach” to which Bowe merely replied with a #OMW. Davis, Bowe, and even Ochocinco may all be in favor of teaming up. And why not?
However, the Chiefs, and for that matter even the Dolphins may not be on board….yet.
MDD Staff Writer: Chad Pullen
Bowe was given the franchise designation but has yet to sign a long term deal. If his deal is not signed by the 16th of this month, he will play out this year at just under ten million dollars for the season, and then be a free agent in the summer of 2013. It may be possible for the Chiefs could make a move with the talented Bowe rather than risk losing him for nothing next year.
However, Miami will also certainly know those circumstances. Miami could view Bowe as a luxury at this point and simply wait another year and sign him without giving up any draft picks or other players in a trade. The Dolphins are a young, still building team. While the team would like to have Bowe in the mix as of now, he may not be worth giving up a future 2nd to secure him.
It may also be possible that Bowe would not fit into Miami’s long term plans anyways. Bowe will most certainly demand a long term contract with a healthy signing bonus chalk full of guaranteed money. But Bowe will turn 28 after the second game this season, and if Miami were to wait until next year to sign him, he would be 29 by the time he played his 3rd game for the Dolphins. It may be more prudent for Miami to use their money elsewhere, maintain building a solid young core with extra draft picks, rather than trading them away.
Bowe is not the first WR to be named as a potential Dolphin target, last month Percy Harvin of the Vikings
was rumored to be on a watch-list, and nothing developed further from there, at least up to this point.
So while Vontae Davis may wish to have Bowe line up on the same team and not have to face him again, and Ochocinco may be hoping for someone to come in and draw extra coverage from defenses since joining the Phins
, Dwayne Bowe may not be solution to the Dolphins problems this year, and maybe not a sound investment when he’s available next year.
The Dolphins plan has to be to get a feature receiver next year in the off-season. That’s for sure. The original thought would be that the team would look there in the first or second round next year in the draft. Dwayne Bowe and his conversation with Vontae Davis surely brings intrigue to this situation. But it’s going to take a lot more work and convincing that it’s the right move than a tweet and a hashtag.