Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has made no secret of his desire to leave the struggling AFC West outfit. As a legitimate primary receiver, Bowe should command decent trade value.
The 28-year-old posted back-to-back 1100-yard receiving seasons in 2010 and 2011. He is a physical target, able to work the middle zones and also stretch a defense deep.
Those skills could command at least second-round value in a trade. Here are three teams who should consider paying that price and who would each make sense for Bowe.
St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams always have a need to equip quarterback Sam Bradford with a genuine big-play weapon in the passing game. That need is only compounded by the injury to Danny Amendola.
Bowe certainly fits the bill and would give Bradford a true go-to threat. The Rams have plenty of ammunition for a trade, especially since their draft day trade with the Washington Redskins.
Jeff Fisher's team acquired extra first round picks in consecutive drafts, beginning in 2013. If they do not want to part ways with prime selections, having extra choices in the top round, means they could afford to package second and third-rounders for Bowe.
The Chiefs would certainly be tempted by that kind of offer and it would also make sense for Bowe. The trip from Kansas City to St. Louis is a relatively short one and the presence of Bradford, means Bowe would get to work with a capable, young quarterback who is improving all the time and a proven head coach.
A return home could be an ideal scenario for Miami native Bowe. The Dolphins are building around rookie passer Ryan Tannehill and adding a sure-handed wideout like Bowe is a natural building block.
Tannehill has surprised many with his promising rookie performances. He is developing nicely under the tutelage of head coach Joe Philbin and his old college coach and current offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman.
Both men favour a West Coast-style passing attack and a big target like Bowe would be a perfect fit. He has the size and quickness to intelligently work the inside routes and gain plenty of yards after the catch.
Like the Rams, the Dolphins also have an obvious need for a dynamic, leading receiver, despite the improvement shown by Brian Hartline. While the Chiefs are plummeting, Bowe would get the chance to join a rebuilding team, seemingly on the rise and in his own hometown no less.
Persistent injuries have meant that Pierre Garcon has not yet developed into rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III's main receiver with the Washington Redskins. That's meant that the Redskins have had to manufacture gains in the passing game by spreading the ball around.
Griffin has relied on veteran Santana Moss, but he is now 33 and youngster Leonard Hankerson and free agent Josh Morgan have yet to develop real consistency. Bowe would be a natural fit for head coach Mike Shanahan's style of offense.
The Redskins operate a more expansive version of the West Coast passing game and are particularly adept at creating big gains through the air via the play-action pass. Bowe's size, speed and excellent hands would give Griffin the reliable and featured outlet he will need once defenses begin to get the measure of the trickery the Redskins have used to help his pro development.
Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen have not been shy about making trades during their tenure in Washington. They may not have a first-rounder to deal, but the Redskins could entice the Chiefs with the right combination of mid-round picks .
Bowe would surely relish the opportunity to work with the NFL's most prolific young quarterback, in an offense that has complementary playmakers at the key positions, including running back Alfred Morris and tight end Fred Davis.