Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is chased by Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Miss., Dec. 2, 2012. (DAVE KAUP/Reuters)
Two weeks ago we wrote about the slim pickings for NFL teams desiring an upgrade at quarterback -- via the draft, trade or free agency.
Things aren't much better at wide receiver. At least in free agency.
And, thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs, the price just went up for the few gems expected to become available when the marketplace opens next Tuesday.
On Monday the Chiefs re-signed Dwayne Bowe to a five-year, $56-million deal. Only Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald earn more among NFL wideouts.
Yeah, the Chiefs over-paid. Experts on Tuesday figured the 6-foot-2, 221-pound, six-year man would not have made that much on the open market.
So now the top pending unrestricted free agents are Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace (who had a sub-par year after holding out until the end of training camp), Green Bay's Greg Jennings (who missed half the 2012 season with an abdominal-muscle injury) and St. Louis' Danny Amendola (who battled a shoulder injury, but otherwise was a sure-handed, elusive slot).
It's possible that New England might not re-sign Wes Welker by Tuesday, but don't count on that. Tom Brady didn't leave money on the table when he re-inked last week to watch Wes walk. (Say that five times fast.)
Who else will be available? San Francisco's Randy Moss. Maybe Miami's Brian Hartline, Indy's Donnie Avery ...