We’ve been trying to keep a running tab on the likelihood of some of the bigger receiver names in free agency this offseason and gauge whether they will make it to the free agent market in mid-March or be re-signed or tagged. We’ve seen things flip flop back and forth on Vincent Jackson. New Orleans is so focused on the new contract for Drew Brees that Marques Colston hasn’t been addressed, and Reggie Wayne is definitely not going to be in Indy next season. But what about a big time receiver that has good familiarity with Bills head coach Chan Gailey and is only 27?
Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe is a huge target and touchdown maker and at age 27 would be very attractive to a lot of teams. But he’s worked with Chan Gailey before as Buffalo’s head coach was his offensive coordinator in 2008, a season that still stands as his best in terms of receptions (86), 2nd best in touchdowns (7) and third best in yardage (1,022). He could walk in the door at One Bills Drive and know what to expect in the offense and perhaps even have a head start on the terminology.
Bowe also knows Buffalo’s receivers coach Bob Bicknell, who just moved from Bills tight ends coach to receivers coach after the 2011 season. Bicknell was Asst. offensive line coach, offensive line coach and tight ends coach with the Chiefs over Bowe’s first three seasons in Kansas City.
What’s more SI.com’s Peter King believes there’s a chance Bowe makes it to free agency. When asked on his twitter account by a follower if the Chiefs are likely to re-sign free agent Dwayne Bowe and CB Brandon Carr, King responded as follows.
Knowing the new head coach in Kansas City is defensive-minded in Romeo Crennel, it’s not unrealistic to think that Bowe might consider other options. Buffalo GM Buddy Nix has stated they wanted another “big time receiver” in addition to Stevie Johnson, whom the Bills need to re-sign. Reports have indicated that negotiations with Johnson have been ongoing with more talks to take place in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine.
Tags: Bob Bicknell, Chan Gailey, Dwayne Bowe, Stevie Johnson
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