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NFL Free Agency: Dwayne Bowe Listed As Fourth Available WR Behind Wes Welker, Mike Wallace

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Dwayne Bowe has over 1,000 yards in four of his first five seasons in the NFL and led the league in receiving touchdowns just last season. Somehow that’s good enough for only fourth on the list of available wide receivers in free agency this offseason, according to Gordon McGuinness over at Pro Football Focus. With potential names available like Wes Welker and Mike Wallace, it seems Bowe’s lack of respect around the league continues to hamper him despite the productivity on a run-first offense.

McGuinness writes, “Despite his touchdown receptions dropping from 15 to five, Bowe had an impressive 2011. Catching a pass of 20 yards or more in 12 of 16 games this year, he showed that he can stretch the field and, in the right situation, could put up big numbers again in 2012.”

It’s hard to imagine Bowe needing a “right situation” given that he had such a strong year last year with four games featuring Tyler Palko as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback and the team going through three overall. The Chiefs had weak spots along the offensive line, lost Tony Moeaki and Jamaal Charles for the season and had the quarterback carousel and Bowe still managed all that he did.

Then again, if the word is a bit negative on Bowe, then the Chiefs can luck out from that one. They know exactly what they have on hand with Bowe and should respond accordingly. Despite the presence of last year’s signee in Steve Breaston or the first round choice of Jon Baldwin, the Chiefs need Bowe to complete the passing game.