Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for one game due to violation of the NFL drug policies. Due to the suspension he will lose $176,471 in signing bonus money and $514,706 in salary for this season. Bowe will also void his salary guarantees of $8.75 million in 2014 and $1.5 million in 2015, though at this stage the 2014 guarantee voiding is simply a matter of semantics as the season is just a few weeks away.
Bowe had signed a five year, $56 million contract extension last year that now looks like one of the worst investments in the NFL. Bowe struggled last season despite the presence of a better QB in Alex Smith and will now be lost for one game this season. The voiding of the $1.5 million guarantee next season will give the Chiefs more benefit if they decide to cut him next season. His cap charge next year will be just under $14 million and the cost to cut will now be just under $9 million. He is set to earn $11 million in cash compensation so Bowe needs to be great for the 15 games he has if he wants to remain on this team next season.