The Oakland Raiders defense has been sub-par for many years now. They have been trying their best to get a solid defensive front for a while now. Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. has been part of the Oakland team for three years now, still not being able to figure out the answer.
With all the injuries on the defensive side of the ball, Oakland had to look anywhere and everywhere for an answer. Luckily, after week five of the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers released Linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
Bowman was drafted by the 49ers, 91st overall, in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Bowman proved, in seven seasons, that he is far better than just a late draft pick.
Over his career, Bowman has racked up 527 tackles and has been to the Pro Bowl three times. After struggling in his first 5 games with San Francisco, Bowman was released. Oakland saw this and took advantage of the opportunity.
On October 16, 2017, the Oakland Raiders signed NaVorro Bowman to a one year/$3 million contract. Bowman will see a lot of playing time with the suspension of linebacker Aldon Smith because of substance abuse.
NaVorro brings life to a sub-par Oakland Defense. His experience and his achievements make him a perfect fit for the Raiders. Playing next to Aldon Smith, when he returns, and defensive superstar Khalil Mack, Bowman adds a new weapon to the defensive arsenal.
Oakland hopes that he can make an immediate impact and help them regain some ground in the AFC West.