As soon as the 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman, the Raiders were showing interest in the former 4-time All Pro. He will make his first free agent visit today, crossing the bay to Oakland. He also has a visit lined up with the Cowboys according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former 49ers LB Navorro Bowman is visiting the Raiders in Monday and then is planning to visit the Cowboys, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2017
The Raiders already had a need at middle linebacker and that need got even more urgent with the loss of Marquel Lee to an ankle injury.
Bowman may or may not make his second visit today, but either way he is expected to sign no later than today with some team. If it is with the Raiders, he will be joining the team on a short week as they face the Chiefs Thursday night.
The 29-year-old was a 2010 third round pick by the 49ers. He made four-straight All Pro teams, including his last full season in 2015. He played just four games last season before being lost to a torn Achilles tendon. It was the second major injury for Bowman after having torn several knee ligaments in the 2014 NFC Championship game.
He hasn’t looked like the same player since his return, and many don’t believe he’ll be able to return to form. It may be worth a shot to find out.