Oct 25, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (80) looks on prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
3. History With Someone Does Not Lead To Future Success
Farmer has history with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. At the time of the signing, Bowe was someone looked at who could help fill the need of a playmaker. With the 2015 NFL season nearly over, Bowe has not made the impact Farmer and the Browns were looking for.
Bowe is guaranteed $9 million and since he has not produced this season, do not expect him to be back next season.
When he has played it was only due to the injuries at the wide receiver position. Between his hamstring injuries and having other players playing more snaps, Bowe’s opportunity for success has been and will be limited.
So far Bowe has played in five games. He has been targeted nine times, while catching three passes for 31 yards. The lowest reception total in a season for Bowe is 47, which was during the 2009 season. Unless he miraculously starts hauling in many more passes the rest of the season, Bowe will be lucky to have 10 receptions in 2015.
The ideal situation would have been Bowe pairing up with fellow wide receiver . Those two players would have given the Browns some size who can make plays. Luckily, Hartline at least has done a solid job this season.
Outside of those two WRs, there has been no players at the position with enough size to make an impact. If the Browns would have known they would have to rely on small WRs to make plays this season, then Cleveland likely would have drafted and signed players at the position much sooner. Instead, Bowe’s signing was a bad decision and the Browns will need to draft the position and sign free agents again this offseason.
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