The Browns are losing Joe Schobert for at least one week due to a hamstring injury but it’s apparent they have a need at linebacker.
The team is hosting former 49ers and Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman for a workout on Tuesday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Bowman hasn’t played in an NFL game since the end of last season with Oakland and he had a pretty good season so it’s interesting that he’s still available entering Week 7 of the NFL season.
The 30-year-old linebacker has had a productive NFL career since being drafted in the 3rd round out of Penn State back in 2010. In eight seasons, he had 798 tackles, 14 sacks, 5 interceptions, 7 forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown.
From 2011 to 2015, Bowman was elected as a first-team All-Pro in four out of five seasons (2011-2013, 2015) and voted to the Pro Bowl three times (2012-13, 2015). His peers also voted him as the 61st out of the NFL Top 100 players during the 2016 season.
After being released from San Francisco last October, Bowman signed across the Bay with the Oakland Raiders and made an impact defensively with 89 tackles, 1.5 sacka and an interception in ten games.
Between San Francisco and Oakland, Bowman played in 15 games and had 127 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception.
Pro Football Focus graded him with a 84.8 overall grade which was the second highest for an Oakland defender behind Khalil Mack and the 11th highest for a linebacker in the NFL for the 2017 season.
In comparison with the current Browns linebackers and their PFF grades and ranking
- Joe Schobert: 81.3 (8th)
- Jamie Collins: 52.5 (63rd)
- James Burgess: 46.1 (unranked)
- Christian Kirksey: 42.5 (74th)
The Browns have also been linked in potential trade rumors with Arizona who is shopping linebackers Hasson Reddick and Deone Buchanon so it’s clear that the Browns are searching for help at the position.
Based on last season, Bowman can still play. It’ll be interesting to see how Tuesday’s workout goes and if the sides can get a deal done afterwards.