Browns WR Bowe ready to ‘take the Dawg Pound to the next level’
The Browns have added another offensive weapon to the mix, officially announcing the signing of free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on Friday.
The 30-year-old Bowe comes to Cleveland after spending his entire eight-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was one of the franchise’s leading receivers.
Bowe has a relationship with Browns general manager Ray Farmer, who previously worked in the Chiefs’ personnel department.
"Dwayne is a player that adds a big, tough and physical presence to our group," Farmer told Browns.com. "His ability to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches is something we really like. We have talked about having a versatile group of wide receivers that can align and play from various positions, and he can do that. His position versatility to inside and outside numbers appeals to us in a variety of ways. We look forward to seeing how he will help our team."
Bowe took to Twitter to express his excitement about joining the team on Thursday.
Excited about the next chapter….Cleveland! Look forward to spending time with the DAWG POUND in the endzone!!
— Dwayne Bowe (@DwayneBowe82) March 19, 2015
"The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I’ll be utilized to help the team go to the next level," Bowe said via the team’s official website. "After eight years, you’re a pro’s pro. I’ve had every style of coaching, every personality. I’ve been through a lot and it’s going to make this transition a little easier because of what I’ve been through. The fan base is crazy just like Kansas City and is something I’m excited to be a part of. The positive energy I’m going to bring to the locker room is definitely going to take the Dawg Pound to the next level."
Bowe also told Browns.com that offensive coordinator John DeFilippo’s plans for him in the passing game excited him about his move to Cleveland.
"That’s something I wanted to be a part of, getting more opportunities and being able to showcase my talent," Bowe said. "The way he brings the energy and that positive excitement is another reason why I made my decision to be here."
Bowe, who made the Pro Bowl in 2010, had three 1,000-yard seasons in a span of four years. He had 60 catches for 754 yards last season.