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San Francisco 49ers Trade Talk: Could Dwayne Bowe Replace Josh Morgan?

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 19: Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs hauls in a pass against Ronald Bartell #24 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 19, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Chiefs beat the Rams 27-13.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Brian WinettCorrespondent IIIOctober 17, 2011

ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro WR Dwayne Bowe as a player in one of his "trades that should happen," in a move to Tennessee, last week.

With WR Brandon Lloyd shipped off to St. Louis this morning, the WR ranks of those available becomes more thin.

It's fun to dream, so I ask:

With 49ers WR Josh Morgan on the IR for the rest of the season, is Dwayne Bowe the right fit?

Before considering this, it's worth mentioning that Braylon Edwards is coming back to the team after the bye week, and many have him tabbed as Morgan's replacement.

So with Michael Crabtree, Braylon Edwards and Ted Ginn Jr, is the 49ers WR corps in need for yet another upgrade?

If that upgrade is Dwayne Bowe, then this reporter says yes.

However, that answer is dependent on cost. What will it cost the 49ers in a trade for Bowe?

A first-round pick? A second-round pick? What about a straight trade of Crabtree for Bowe?

If it's a second-round pick or lower, it's an easy decision to pull the trigger.

Bowe is the type of lanky receiver whose precise route running and athleticism carried a Cinderella Chiefs team of 2010 to the playoffs.

While equally talented receivers like Randy Moss become available quite frequently due to their attitudes, Bowe is younger, better (right now) and comes without the baggage. 

Players like Bowe are rarely available.

In short, Bowe is the type of franchise player that a club on the road to the playoffs makes a concerted effort to get if they have the opportunity to do so.

Doing so will advance the 49ers both in this season and in the future.

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