CLEVELAND – Thanks to the signing of former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin by the Kansas City Chiefs, could Dwayne Bowe be a possible target for the Cleveland Browns?
Bowe, who was second on the Chiefs in receiving last year with 754 yards—behind tight end Travis Kelce, was cut by Kansas City due to his pending salary cap hit of $14 million, and declining production in order to make room for Maclin—will be returning to his home state of Missouri to play for his former head coach in Philadelphia, Andy Reid.
According to NFL.com insider Jason La Canfora on Twitter, Cleveland is currently exploring the option of pursuing Bowe, thanks his ties to current Browns general manager Ray Farmer from their days in Kansas City.
Browns will be exploring both Stevie Johnson, who has ties to coaching staff, and Dwayne Bowe (ties to their GM) hoping to add another WR
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2015
After recently signing Canton, Ohio native and Ohio State Buckeye in former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline, the Cleveland Browns have a golden opportunity—after being relatively stagnant in free agency—to upgrade their passing attack in grabbing one of the premier wideouts in Bowe.
Still relatively young at the age of 30, the 6’2, 221 pound Bowe would give the Browns a legitimate No.1 wideout right off the bat across from Hartline as the No.2 and the recently re-signed tight end Jordan Cameron(two years, $15 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter) as a viable third option for Josh McCown—or, knock on wood—Johnny Manziel.
A eight-year veteran, Bowe would also be able to serve as a mentor to Cleveland’s younger wideouts such as Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins. While it is still early in free agency, and the Browns have been relatively quiet so far, signing Bowe would show both the fans and other teams that the Browns are ready to make some noise.
What do you think? Should the Browns go after Bowe?