KC Chiefs let Bowe go after signing Maclin
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) is defended by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Perish Cox (20)during NFL play last season at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Thursday. The was expected after the Chiefs signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million contract on Wednesday.
Bowe tweeted: "I want to thank the entire Chiefs organization from the bottom of my heart. You believed in me and gave me the chance to play in the NFL. I will be forever grateful."
The Chiefs' first-round pick in 2007, Bowe caught 532 passes for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns in eight years. He led the NFL with 10 touchdown catches in 2010.
However, his production had fallen off over the last three seasons. Last season, he caught just 60 passes for 754 yards and no touchdowns.
Bowe, 30, was scheduled to make $11 million this year, and the Chiefs will save $5 million against the salary cap by releasing him.
"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I'd like to thank Dwayne for his contributions over the last eight seasons," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "During his time with the Chiefs, Dwayne established himself as one of the best receivers in club history. We wish Dwayne nothing but the best as he moves forward."