Dwayne Bowe was cut Wednesday by the Cleveland Browns. Before you go and start clamoring for your New York Giants to bring in the 31-year-old nine-year veteran you might want to consider the rather scathing assessment of Bowe from people who have watched him closely during his career.
I asked Chris Pokorny of SB Nation's Browns web site, Dawgs By Nature, his thoughts on Bowe. After a season in which Bowe caught just five passes, was active for only seven games and didn't start any. Bowe did this in the first year of a two-year, $12.5 million contract that included $9 million in guaranteed money. So, he got $1.8 million per reception from Cleveland.
"I'm sure that he has something left in the tank, but it was hard to tell because he clearly phoned it in for 2015 once he realized he wasn't going to be a starter at the beginning of the season. He suffered a hamstring injury during training camp, and when he was all healed up a little after the start of the season, he was a healthy scratch more times than not. The excuse used later on by the coaching staff was that Bowe had fallen too far behind in the playbook with the time he missed during training camp. How does that happen to a guy who has been in the league as long as Bowe has?
"I think Bowe got his guaranteed money from the Browns and then was content just hanging out on the sidelines and not having to be part of a 3-13 season. The blame goes both way -- Bowe for his lackadaisical attitude, and the coaching staff for not finding a way to still use Bowe's size in the red zone, something that would probably keep him motivated while not having to master the whole playbook."
Bowe spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, making one Pro Bowl, catching more than 80 passes twice, and three times surpassing 1,000 receiving yards. Surely Joel Thorman, editor SB Nation Arrowhead Pride, our Chiefs web site, would have optimistic things to say. Right? Well, not really.
"The Chiefs signed Dwayne Bowe to a big contract just a few years ago but he lasted just two seasons after that. There's a big question how much he has left right now. Bowe's last three seasons in KC were basically his ceiling: around 60 catches and 750 yards or so. However, that's now more than a year removed. We blamed Bowe's lack of production on Alex Smith's unwillingness to throw to receivers but looking at Jeremy Maclin's 1,000-yard season in KC and Bowe's five-catch performance last season, I'm starting to think Bowe deserves more blame there. I really don't know what Bowe has left. I thought he certainly had a role as a third or fourth receiver in Cleveland but that he couldn't even get on the field when the Browns were financially motivated to play him is a huge red flag. I wouldn't expect much with Bowe."
So, if you are thinking that the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Bowe might be a nice fit as the No. 2 receiver the Giants should be looking for you might want to reconsider that position.