Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has switched his representation and hired agent Todd France according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal.
As we've said in this space before, many times when a player switches agents it's because he's looking for a new contract. Agents don't see any money (3%) until a new contract is signed.
There's some room for debate on this but, in my estimation, he's put up numbers that merit consideration for an extension.
Bowe is currently in year three of his five year rookie deal. Let's take a look at his production:
- Year One: 70 receptions, 995 yards, five touchdowns
- Year Two: 86 receptions, 1,022 yards, seven touchdowns
- Year Three (through two games): Nine receptions, 96 yards, two touchdowns
Bowe's been pretty consistent and, from a value standpoint, has been a steal with the five year, $9 million contract he signed in August on 2007. In the final three years (including this year), he's due $460,000, $600,000 and $690,000 in base salaries.
Considering the kind of numbers he's put up, which are not common in the first two years for a receiver, he's due for a pay raise following the season.
Bowe turns 25 years old today. If he can get an extension after the season, it could set him up for hitting another big payday before he turns 30 years old. For NFL players, it's all about getting to the second contract and, with examples like Greg Jennings and Larry Fitzgerald as of late, getting a crack at a big money third contract.
France doesn't have a long history of NFL holdouts or anything like that. He was able to get a three year, $21 million, with $13 million guaranteed for a 29 year old Brian Westbrook. He also negotiated Nate Clements eight year, $80 million contract with the 49ers.
His clients tend to reside in the SEC with a handful coming from Auburn and Georgia.