Originally Posted by Bob's your Information Minister
If Pioli chases Bowe out of town, he's going to wind up getting fired.
He's been doing stupid things for months now, though, so I expect him to continue that trend.
What most people don't realize is Bowe is off to the best start in franchise history for a wide receiver. More catches, yards and TDs per game than Otis Taylor. He's even ahead of Tony Gonzalez's pace.
This is with the following quarterbacks:
He would be a 1,500-yard wide receiver every year with someone like Matt Ryan or Jay Cutler throwing the ball. He's #6 in receiving yards the last two seasons.
But don't pay him. Cassel will be good with Jon Baldwin and Steve Breaston.
I think Bowe is going to have the franchise all year. I think Pioli wants to see what he has in Baldwin before giving Bowe the big deal, which I think is a good idea since Baldwin has looked great in OTA's.
I think Baldwin can be a pretty good weapon. His hands are far better than Bowe's and he wants to get better.
Bowe is an elite WR on a team like ATL, SD, CHI, etc with good QB's. I just don't think he's worth what Fitzgerald or Megatron got.
What if Baldwin has a great year and puts up numbers similar to Bowe's rookie season (1,000 yards/5 TD's)? Would you still give Bowe that money? I wouldn't.
If that were the case I'd trade Bowe and use the 1st rd pick we got for him to get Tyler Wilson or Tyler Bray in April.