Bowe stays in KC: Forget any of that talk about Dwayne Bowe possibly heading to New England. The talented but inconsistent wideout signed a new five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, ensuring that Alex Smith will have at least one playmaker on the outside. Bowe’s 2012 numbers were underwhelming with 59 receptions, 801 yards and three touchdowns, yet he led the team in all three categories. While Smith is an upgrade from Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, he’s not going to remind anyone of Drew Brees. Bowe should see a slight uptick in fantasy value for 2013, but at best he will be a high-end No. 2 option in next season’s drafts.
Welker not pleased with Pats: Near the start of 2012, Wes Welker wasn’t seeing his normal amount of snaps for the Patriots. Rumors swirled that the team was trying phase Welker out of the offense. Injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez helped restore Welker to his previous spot in the attack. But according to reports, the wideout remembers that early season treatment and isn’t too pleased about it. Through it all, it seems improbable that Welker and the Patriots part company. It’s hard to imagine him finding a better rapport with another QB than he has with Tom Brady and it’s hard to envision him in another offensive scheme that highlights his skills. Welker might be a little peeved, but we’re betting he stays in New England and remains one of the better No. 2 WR fantasy options next season.
Hartline, Dolphins talking contract: Yet another wide receiver could be off the market before free agency hits. Brian Hartline and the Miami Dolphins are discussing a long-term deal, although nothing is said to be imminent. The veteran from Ohio State posted his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2012 — though nearly one quarter of those yards came in a huge Week 4 performance against the Arizona Cardinals. What’s more is that game featured his only touchdown reception last season. Nonetheless, Hartline is Miami’s undisputed No. 1 receiver until further notice. It could certainly all change if Mike Wallace takes his talents to South Beach. Still, don’t overrate Hartline, he’s still a mid-level No. 2 fantasy wideout at best.
– Marcas Grant
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