It's happening. The Dwayne Bowe era in Kansas City is ending. The Chiefs have apparently cut him, according to this message posted by Bowe on Twitter. The Chiefs have confirmed the move, with comments from Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid.
Bowe: "I want to thank the entire Chiefs organization from the bottom of my heart. You believed in me and gave me my chance to play in the NFL. I will be forever grateful. There are so many people with the Chiefs and many that are no longer there that have had an impact on my life. I want to specifically thank the Hunt family for running a 1st class organization and I want to thank the best fans in the NFL. Special thanks to John Dorsey and Coach Reid also for believing in me. KC Chiefs will forever be in my heart. GodFirst..."
It was reported last week this was coming. And on Tuesday it was reported that it was coming as soon as Wednesday. And on Thursday it was reported it was coming today. So here we are. We all knew this was a possibility all offseason and once the Chiefs gave essentially the same contract as Bowe to Jeremy Maclin that all but confirmed it.
Bowe will go down as the Chiefs second leading receiver in franchise history behind Otis Taylor (and tight end Tony Gonzalez). Bowe, who was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft, had his best season in 2010 when he led the NFL in touchdowns. He played the 2012 season on the franchise tag and the Chiefs new regime led by Andy Reid and John Dorsey rewarded him with a five-year, $56 million deal prior to the 2013 season. Bowe got just two seasons out of that contract before the Chiefs cut ties with him.
Bowe was scheduled to have a $14 million cap hit in 2015. The cap savings with his release will be $5 million. If the Chiefs designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they will see $11 million in cap relief later this year.