The Cleveland Browns were desperately needing wide receiver help, and they are getting it with the addition of Dwayne Bowe. The Browns agreed to a two-year deal with Bowe, after the Chiefs released Bowe, who spent eight seasons in Kansas City.
Bowe visited Cleveland last week to meet with the Browns staff. Bowe already has a relationship with Browns GM Ray Farmer, who worked previously in the personnel development in Kansas City. Bowe, along with former Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline, will add a veteran experience to the Browns’ pass-catching line. The only receiver already on the roster with more than two touchdowns last season is Travis Benjamin – who had three.
The Chiefs released Bowe after his declining production and hefty salary-cap figure weren’t living up to their expectations. Finishing his Chiefs career with 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns, Bowe accomplished all of that despite playing with a collection of journeyman quarterbacks.
Fantasy Insight: Bowe is clearly past his prime and has been a dead source of fantasy football value for three years in a row now, highlighted by his alarming zero touchdown receptions a year ago. That being said, he was improperly utilized with Alex Smith’s weak arm the past two years and was an afterthought in a lost 2012 season. Bowe isn’t going to burn anyone deep at this stage of his career and that one 15-touchdown season has been made out to be more of a fluke than anything else. That being said, he’s instantly Cleveland’s top overall target in the passing game and still has the size and ball skills to produce some solid numbers. If you target him as a WR3 in fantasy drafts, you might be pleasantly surprised. Expecting anything more than that is beyond a hope and a prayer, however.