The Colts’ linebacking corps is full of rookies and unproven players heading into training camp. Luckily, Indianapolis still has a lot of cap space to work with after a frugal free agency period, and there is a solid veteran linebacker available.
NaVorro Bowman missed most of the 2016 season with an injury, but he bounced back strong in 2017.
Bowman recorded 80 tackles, three pass breakups, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery last season. His year was split between the 49ers and Raiders after being released by San Francisco in the middle of the season.
It feels like Bowman has been around forever, but he’s only 30 years old and he showed he has a lot left in the tank last year. He does have a checkered injury history, but that didn’t seem to slow him down in 2017.
At this point of the NFL offseason, teams can often sign free agents to very cheap one-year contracts. The Colts would essentially be taking on zero risk in a potential deal with Bowman.
Bowman would immediately be the best linebacker on Indianapolis’ roster, and he would be a fantastic mentor for the Colts’ young corps of linebackers.
If the Colts want to win next year, Bowman would help them accomplish that goal. If Chris Ballard is looking more towards the future, Bowman would be a great veteran leader to bring in on a one-year deal to show Indianapolis’ young players how to be successful.
I don’t see many negative aspects to a potential NaVorro Bowman signing.