The San Francisco 49ers released NaVorro Bowman on Friday and at least one NFL coach thinks that the New England Patriots would be a great landing spot.
Monday Morning Quarterback and Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer spoke with an anonymous coach who evaluated what Bowman has left in the tank.
“Definitely lost a few steps. Still instinctive and can shed blocks. Struggles in space,” the coach said. “He’s way better than [Patriots LB Elandon Roberts], they should sign Bowman.”
The three-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro missed all of 2014 and then 12 games in 2016 with an ACL and MCL injury and an Achilles tear, respectively. However, he’s played in all five games this year and has still played decently despite the fact that he’s no longer in All-Pro form.
The Patriots have had to rely on Roberts a lot this season with Dont’a Hightower nursing an MCL injury of his own. So Bowman could have some value to the Patriots, either as an experienced backup to Hightower or as a replacement in the event that the injury-prone star misses any more time this season.
And New England does have a history as a landing spot for veterans looking for a shot at rebooting their career.
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