Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has only enjoyed one winning season since being drafted 23rd overall by the franchise in the 2007 NFL draft. With a new regime likely to take over in the midst of the severe struggles of the past two years, Bowe shouldn't suit up again for Kansas City.
It might not happen again by default, since Bowe got banged up in Week 14's 30-7 road loss to the Cleveland Browns.
NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported on the grave injury news for Bowe:
Chiefs concerned Dwayne Bowe may have two broken ribs.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 9, 2012
Perhaps the organization should also be concerned that Bowe is a free agent this offseason, and considering the lackluster success of the Chiefs aside from 2010's AFC West division title, he will likely look elsewhere.
After being unable to work out a long-term deal ahead of the 2012 season, Bowe reluctantly signed a one-year, $9.5 million contract after holding out up to the third preseason game.
Despite the dire state of KC's quarterback situation—Romeo Crennel has flip-flopped between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn this year—Bowe has 59 catches for 801 yards and three receiving touchdowns, all first on the team by far.
Bowe has shown plenty of loyalty to the team that drafted him, but should look for greener pastures in another city after not getting the long-term deal he wanted ahead of this year.
Plenty of teams thin at receiver would covet Bowe's services, and few have worse situations at QB than the Chiefs do.
The bad news is, there aren't many viable signal-callers for the Chiefs to pursue for the 2013 season. Cassel is in the fourth year of his whopping six-year, $58 million deal, and will likely be shown the door with his salary increasing over the next two years. With the exception of Week 13, Quinn hasn't shown enough consistency to be an NFL starter.
The best option potentially available is Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, but considering GM Ozzie Newsome's faith in him and his exceptional record as starter, Flacco is likely to stay put with a long-term deal.
There is a sliver of hope, since ESPN's Adam Schefter reported back in September that contract talks have been shelved. However, could Bowe really be sold on Flacco as the Chiefs' QB of the future?
With talented building blocks on the roster and a high draft pick, there are some trading assets for the Chiefs to work with to swing something for a franchise QB. If they can't, though, the only options in the draft are Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson in a relatively weak quarterback class.
The bottom line is that it's unlikely the Kansas City QB dilemma will be decided anytime soon, regardless of the fate of the current coaching staff or GM Scott Pioli.
With the season already far gone, Bowe should rest to maintain his health and sit on the fact that he played out the season like a classy professional despite the Chiefs' poor record.
It would be exciting to see what the talented Bowe could do with a great QB throwing him the ball, and he may very well get that chance by finding a new home in 2013.