Can the Dallas Cowboys land NaVorro Bowman this time?

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: NaVorro Bowman
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: NaVorro Bowman /

The Dallas Cowboys tried signing NaVorro Bowman following his release from the San Francisco 49ers last year. Is the second time the charm?

Last season, injuries forced the Dallas Cowboys to look to the open market for linebacker help. The Cowboys scheduled a visit with veteran NaVorro Bowman, following his release by the San Francisco 49ers last October. Unfortunately, he inked a one-year, $3 million deal with the Oakland Raiders first.

This offseason, the 29-year old Bowman is once again a free agent that the Cowboys have been rumored to be interested in. And considering the void left by Anthony Hitchens, it seems like Dallas could really use his services.

In Bowman, you are getting a player with no off-the-field issues. The veteran linebacker does come with some injury history though. In 2015, he tore his ACL and MCL. In 2016, ironically against the Cowboys, Bowman tore his Achilles tendon.

Bowman returned last season, but saw his playing time severely cut by the Niners before his outright released. He quickly signed with Oakland and was immediately inserted in as their starting middle linebacker, demonstrating just how much experience and football intelligence he possesses.

Bowman is not only a smart player, but he’s a consistent player as well.  In his eight-year career, he has played in 107 games including the playoffs. During that time, Bowman has racked up 638 solo tackles, 16.5 sacks, 29 passes defended, 5 interceptions, and 9 forced fumbles. Solid numbers for a player who missed time with two serious injuries in his career.

Some people believe in second chances. And I am one of those people. When you have a Pro Bowl-caliber player available in free agency at a position of need, you sign him. Bowman signing with the Cowboys would give them something they have been missing since Bradie James. A reliable and very physical middle linebacker.

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It’s time for the Dallas Cowboys to make another splash in free agency. With this second chance, NaVorro Bowman could be the missing piece we’ve all been waiting for.

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