NaVorro Bowman
NaVorro Bowman
31-Year-Old LinebackerLB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for NaVorro Bowman in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Raiders in October of 2017.
Working with Cleveland
LBFree Agent
October 16, 2018
Bowman scheduled a workout Tuesday with the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After splitting time between the 49ers and Raiders in 2017 and accruing 70 stops and 1.5 sacks across 15 games, Bowman hit free agency in March but hasn't drawn many nibbles, despite being one of the more accomplished linebackers on the open market. Bowman's contract expectations and troubling injury history -- he missed the entire 2014 campaign with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and was limited to four appearances in 2016 after tearing an Achilles' tendon -- have probably contributed to his limited suitors, but the fact that he's working out for a team suggests he could soon find a landing spot. The Browns could benefit from another experienced body in their linebacker ranks with Joe Schobert (hamstring) and James Burgess (hamstring) both likely to sit out Week 7 against the Buccaneers.
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Measurables Review
How do NaVorro Bowman's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
242 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.70 sec
Shuttle Time
4.59 sec
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
Vertical Jump
29.5 in
Broad Jump
115 in
Bench Press
26 reps
Hand Length
9.88 in
Arm Length
33.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The deal with Bowman is simple: if he's healthy, he's a beast. The 29-year-old has a disturbing recent injury history -- a Week 4 Achilles' tendon tear last year and a multi-ligament tear in his knee late in the 2013 season -- but there are only positives if those facts don't scare you. It's possible his durability or athleticism are compromised at this point, but he returned from the knee injury to post 154 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2015. San Francisco's switch to a 4-3 defense shouldn't be an issue, either -- Bowman's talent plays in all schemes.
Great as Kuechly is, there's a strong case to be made for Bowman as the top-ranked LB. He made an emphatically triumphant 2015 return from the gruesome knee injury suffered in the 2013 playoffs, logging a career-high 154 tackles (116 solo) while playing all 16 games. The reason to think he can match Kuechly this year is simple: coach Chip Kelly's arrival means the 49ers will log more snaps due to his uptempo offense. Bowman did already play a career-high 1,101 snaps last year, ranking ninth among NFL defenders, but Kelly's Eagles had two players around 1,200.
Bowman's ACL/MCL tear from January 2014 kept him out all last season, but his knee should be in good form more than a year and a half later. While Bowman is now healthy, his effectiveness remains to be seen. Bowman was an elite linebacker before the injury, averaging 141 tackles, three sacks and an interception in three seasons prior. If his speed and lateral movement return, Bowman should get plenty of playing time with Pat Willis and Chris Borland retiring. Bowman has major IDP upside if his knee responds.
Bowman recorded his third-straight season with at least 135 tackles, and 2013 was his best in the NFL, finishing with 145 tackles, including 120 solo stops, five sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles. He'd be a top IDP pick if he hadn't suffered a torn ACL in the NFC championship game, which is expected to keep him out of training camp, and likely a spot on the PUP list to start the season. If that does happen, he will be ineligible to play the first six weeks of the season, grealty reducing his season-long totals.
It seemed like an unfathomable suggestion just two years ago, but Bowman appears to have surpassed Patrick Willis as the top fantasy producer on the 49ers defense. The Penn State product entered his second season as a starter in 2012, finishing with 143 stops (92 solo) after totaling 136 tackles (107 solo) in his first year as a starter in 2011. With those two entries on his résumé, Bowman looks like a near lock to finish among the league's top-five tacklers as long as he plays a full season. Although he's an elite talent in his own right, that Bowman is surrounded by other great players means opponents can't single him out in the game plan. And Bowman almost never leaves the field – he logged 1,007 snaps on defense last year despite playing on a unit that often made quick work of opposing offenses.
Bowman couldn’t have been much better in his first season as a starter in 2011, as his 143 tackles ranked seventh in the league, and his 111 solo stops ranked second. Bowman was one of the primary contributors in a historically great San Francisco run defense last year, and he was only 22 years old. It’s reasonable to expect improvement in 2012, particularly in the sack and interception categories. Bowman has the athleticism of a defensive back and figures to be more disruptive in coverage and as a pass rusher this season. It’s less likely that Bowman will improve his tackle total, however, as 143 is a high bar, particularly given that he’s competing with Patrick Willis for tackles in a defense that doesn’t spend much time on the field. Bowman has an extremely high floor, in any case, because offenses will forever be more worried about Willis and the Smiths than him.
Bowman will start at inside linebacker. He could provide IDP value by racking up tackles playing next to Patrick Willis.
Bowman is a skilled rookie who will likely back up veteran Takeo Spikes at inside linebacker in anticipation of becoming a starter in 2011.
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Raiders would welcome return
LBFree Agent
March 27, 2018
According to general manager Reggie McKenzie, Bowman would be welcomed back to the Raiders and contract negotiations are still ongoing, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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Notches 89 tackles in Raiders tenure
LBOakland Raiders
January 4, 2018
Bowman racked up 127 tackles (80 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery in 15 games this season.
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Leads team in tackles vs. Eagles
LBOakland Raiders
December 27, 2017
Bowman logged seven tackles (six solo) in Monday's loss to the Eagles.
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Nine tackles against Cowboys
LBOakland Raiders
December 19, 2017
Bowman racked up nine tackles (six solo) -- including one tackle for loss -- during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys.
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Logs nine tackles in Week 14
LBOakland Raiders
December 11, 2017
Bowman racked up nine tackles (eight solo), one sack and a pass defensed in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Chiefs.
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