It seems fitting that right around the same time that Terrell Owens finds his way back in the NFL, another wide receiver is paying tribute to him by hurting their own team!
According to a source Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is planning on reporting before the start of the regular season and signing his one year franchise deal. On the surface, this sounds like a pretty good thing. But then the more you read the more the situation becomes a head scratcher. Usually one of the obvious reasons for a player in Bowe’s situation to stay away from training camp is to get a long term deal. But right now, per league rules, that negotiation window is currently closed. Even if the Chiefs wanted to sign him to a five year two hundred million dollar contract, they couldn’t.
So what is he trying to prove at this point? That he can make life difficult for his quarterback and other teammates by not learning the new offensive system? If you want to frame Dwayne as a selfish person, and given the situation I don’t think that is entirely out of bounds, it still doesn’t make sense. This is a contract year for Bowe and if his numbers fall this season, as I suspect they might given these circumstances, his value could drop substantially.
This doesn’t seem like a shrewd business move as much as a tantrum. The wide receiver position, more so than any other position in pro sports, is a breeding ground for tantrums. While I don’t think Dwayne’s neurosis is as deep or his problems relating to teammates are as substantial as that of Owens, the former 49er, Eagle, Cowboy, Bill, and Bengal should still be a lesson for Bowe. No matter how talented you are there are still injuries and plenty of other unforeseen circumstances that can derail your career in a hurry. Before you know it you could be getting released from an Arena Football League team and begging for another chance.
When the book on you reads “crazy asshole”, getting that chance can be a lot harder.