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After his breakout season in 2008, WR Dwayne Bowe put his name on the map. His 2010 and 2011 campaigns also proved him as a top notch receiver. The Patriots certainly need an explosive threat that Bowe could provide. Last season the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on him and he earned $9.5 million. He is now a free agent and many believe that the Chiefs will not franchise tag him again. The question naturally rises, would the Patriots try to sign him? Let's take a look at the pros and cons.


PROS
- Explosive
- Always a threat to make a big play
- Can stretch the field vertically
- Over 1,000 yards receiving in 3 of his 6 NFL seasons (could have possibly gotten it last year but he was injured)
- Pro Bowl in 2010
- Great hands and speed
- Reels in a solid amount of receptions
- VERY good in the red zone
- At 6'2", he has a solid height and build for a WR
- Had amazing production with sub-par quarterbacks in Brady Quinn and Matt Cassell

CONS
- Will want a long-term deal
- Will also want lots of $$$
- Signing him will most likely mean Wes Welker is gone
- We already have great red zone receivers with Hernandez and Gronk especially
- Has held out of camp twice with the Chiefs (rookie season and last season)
- Although it wasn't serious, he is coming off injury
-Again, he will want big $$$$$$

Will the Patriots break the bank on Dwayne Bowe? Probably not. I think there's a much greater chance of them signing Welker to a long-term deal or draft a receiver in the first round than pursue Bowe. Yes the pros seem to outweigh the cons, but 3 solid seasons aren't enough for the Pats to dish out some big bucks.

Anthony Aidonidis 2/07/2013 02:40:00 PM Edit
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