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Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith as QB Makes Chiefs a Top Option for Dwayne Bowe

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a 45-yard touchdown reception against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 1, 2013

Earlier this week, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers agreed on a deal to send Alex Smith to Kansas City, a deal which will be official on March 12.

Fixing the quarterback spot might be the key for the Chiefs in attempt to re-sign one of their top players.

Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is without a contract and could test the free agent market if he and the Chiefs don't agree to a contract or if the Chiefs don't use the franchise tag on him. The Chiefs tagged Bowe last offseason and could do it again this year.

Bowe, who caught over 1,000 receiving yards in three of the six seasons, didn’t have a good 2012 season. His 59 catches for 801 yards are the second fewest in his career. Bowe also caught just three touchdown passes, the fewest he’s had in a single season.

Since being drafted out of LSU by KC in the 2007, Bowe has worked with a plethora of quarterbacks; including Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. Bowe has been the top receiver for the Chiefs those six years.

With Smith under center, it may be easier for KC to convince Bowe to return and sign a long-term deal, keeping the franchise tag in play for another player at the same time.

Now that the Chiefs have solved their woes under center, they must make sure they bring back Bowe. The Chiefs have a thin supporting case of wide receivers behind Bowe, consisting of Jon Baldwin and Dexter McCluster.

Without Bowe, it will make Smith's job more difficult in Kansas City, and the Chiefs want to be a two-dimensional offense, rather than have running back Jamaal Charles carry the entire load,

Bowe's best season came in 2010 when he caught 72 passes for 1,162 yards and led the league in receiving touchdowns with 15. If Bowe and Smith can establish good rapport on the field, then fans can expect to see Bowe return to his 2010 form.

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