Bowe's deal is the cost of doing business

March, 5, 2013
3/05/13
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The details of Dwayne Bowe’s new deal in Kansas City are out, and I know they look eye popping.

Because they are.

CBS Sports reports Bowe’s five-year deal is worth $56 million with $26 million guaranteed. That currently makes him the third highest-paid receiver behind superstars Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson. But I wouldn’t get too caught up in that fact.

In a year, Bowe’s contract will probably be surpassed several times. Free agents Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings could rival the deal in a matter of a week.

New Kansas City coach Andy Reid believes Bowe will be a centerpiece of his offense and he will help new quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs paid Bowe what it took from keeping him off the market.

Yes, it’s steep, but that’s the way it goes in the NFL today. Teams must pay to keep their best players .

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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