Bowman officially announced his retirement Monday.
Bowman returned to San Francisco headquarters to let his retirement plans known. He spent nearly eight seasons there before being waived and finishing the 2017 campaign with the Raiders. The 31-year-old was named an All-Pro four times and helped lead a stellar 49ers defense to three straight NFC Championship Games. A scary knee injury in the 2013 playoffs cost him the entire 2014 season. He will end his career with 877 tackles, 16.5 sacks, five interceptions, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and one touchdown.
Bowman scheduled a workout Tuesday with the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After splitting time between the 49ers and Raiders in 2017 and accruing 70 stops and 1.5 sacks across 15 games, Bowman hit free agency in March but hasn't drawn many nibbles, despite being one of the more accomplished linebackers on the open market. Bowman's contract expectations and troubling injury history -- he missed the entire 2014 campaign with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and was limited to four appearances in 2016 after tearing an Achilles' tendon -- have probably contributed to his limited suitors, but the fact that he's working out for a team suggests he could soon find a landing spot. The Browns could benefit from another experienced body in their linebacker ranks with Joe Schobert (hamstring) and James Burgess (hamstring) both likely to sit out Week 7 against the Buccaneers.
According to general manager Reggie McKenzie, Bowman would be welcomed back to the Raiders and contract negotiations are still ongoing, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Bowman found resurgence in Oakland after being released by the 49ers five weeks into the season in 2017. Despite only playing in 10 games for the silver and black, Bowman tied for the team lead in tackles with 89 (58 solo), to go along with 1.5 sacks and an interception. While contract talks continue between the two sides, it's important to remember the Raiders inked fellow middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead, who is coming off back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons in Detroit, to a three-year deal earlier in the month.
Bowman racked up 127 tackles (80 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery in 15 games this season.
Bowman, who was brought in by the Raiders mid-season, actually tied for the team lead in tackles with 89 despite playing just 10 games in the silver and black. The 29-year-old now has five career 120-plus tackle seasons under his belt, including four with the 49ers. He's slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, but the starting middle linebacker may look to re-sign with Oakland after experiencing such productivity with the team.
Bowman logged seven tackles (six solo) in Monday's loss to the Eagles.
Bowman continues to serve as the Raiders' leading tackler on a weekly basis since coming over to Oakland, totaling 76 stops in nine games with the team. The starting middle linebacker should again make for an attractive IDP option Week 17 against the Chargers.
Bowman racked up nine tackles (six solo) -- including one tackle for loss -- during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys.
Bowman once again led the Raiders' defense in tackling, bringing his total to 69 tackles (44 solo) in eight games with Oakland this season. He should remain busy in Week 16 on Monday night against an Eagles offense that has averaged 38.5 points over its past two games, albeit one without Carson Wentz running the show and perhaps not even Nick Foles.
Bowman racked up nine tackles (eight solo), one sack and a pass defensed in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Chiefs.
Bowman has consistently led the Raiders in tackles since his mid-season arrival, while he finally logged his first sack of the season on Sunday. The starting middle linebacker has notched 61 tackles (39 solo) in seven games with Oakland and will look to stay busy in Week 15 against the Cowboys.
Bowman recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and recovered a fumble in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Bowman led the team in tackles on Sunday and now his 52 tackles (31 solo) in six games with the Raiders. His fumble recovery came midway through the second quarter with the Giants driving down into Oakland territory. He'll look to keep up the stellar play against the Chiefs this Sunday.
Bowman racked up seven tackles (two solo), an interception and a pass defensed during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Broncos.
Bowman once again led the Raiders' defense in tackles while also forcing his first turnover of the season with an impressive red-zone interception when the Broncos were knocking at the door. The veteran middle linebacker has been a solid midseason addition for Oakland, and he'll look to maintain this momentum in Week 13 against the Giants.
Bowman recorded 10 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Bowman has led the Raiders in tackles all three games he's been with the team, cementing himself as a key cog in Oakland's defense. He'll now have a week to rest up before taking on Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 11.
Bowman led the Raiders in tackles with 11 (seven solo) during Sunday's 34-14 loss to the Bills.
Bowman has now led the Raiders in tackles through his first two games with the team after signing a one-year deal in mid-October. He remains solidified as Oakland's starting middle linebacker heading into a Week 9 matchup on the road against the Dolphins, who expect quarterback Jay Cutler (ribs) to return from his rib injury.
Bowman logged 11 tackles (six solo) during Thursday's 31-30 win over the Chiefs.
Bowman led the Raiders in tackles during his debut with the team after signing a one-year deal earlier in the week, solidifying his role as a starter in Oakland. He played 60 of 62 defensive snaps and should play a similar role in Week 8 against the Bills.
Bowman is in line to start Thursday night against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bowman, who previously logged 38 tackles in five games for the 49ers this season, has been brought up to speed quickly by Oakland's coaches and is evidently ready for a key role with his new team. Once it's established that he's in store for a steady workload in the Raiders defense, Bowman has a chance to re-emerge as a lineup option in IDP formats.
Bowman is expected to play in Thursday's game against Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Just days after signing with Oakland, the veteran linebacker figures to take the field. It's reasonable to assume he doesn't have the entire defensive playbook memorized, which could suggest he won't be an every down asset at least until he becomes more familiar with Oakland's system.
Bowman is signing a one-year deal with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Released by the 49ers on Friday, the 29-year-old linebacker will stay in the Bay Area to join an Oakland team with a clear need at his position. It's probably a best-case scenario for his potential to retain IDP value, but there's no guarantee Bowman will handle a three-down role. He shouldn't be deployed in lineups until his role is clarified.
The 49ers released Bowman on Friday.
The 49ers reportedly wanted to trade Bowman but likely discovered that no team was willing to take on his contract. With rookie first-round pick Reuben Foster (ankle) slated for a three-down role and the 29-year-old Bowman past his prime, it makes sense for the rebuilding Niners to save some cap room that can be rolled over to future seasons. Bowman now has the chance to play for a contender, though he may have to settle for a limited role that ends his tenure as a useful IDP option.
The 49ers are shopping Bowman, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bowman was arguably the league's best inside linebacker at his peak, and while he's piled up 38 tackles in five games this season, the 49ers might limit him to an early down role once 2017 first-round pick Reuben Foster (ankle) is available. Even if a trade comes to fruition, Bowman's days as a top IDP option likely are numbered. A trade would make a lot of sense for a rebuilding Niners team, though Bowman's sizable contract could make it tough to work something out.
Bowman didn't practice Wednesday, but his absence wasn't injury-related, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
It was just a rest day for Bowman, which is good news after he sustained a stinger during Sunday's loss to the Colts. The veteran middle linebacker looks to be all clear for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Bowman sustained a stinger in Sunday's overtime loss to the Colts, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bowman saw a more limited workload Sunday, partially due to the stinger and because head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated there was a plan to provide the linebacker more rest throughout the game. The veteran never received an in-game injury designation and will likely be fine for the 49ers' subsequent matchup in Week 6 against the Redskins.
Bowman only recorded four tackles (three solo) in Thursday's 41-39 loss to the Rams.
It was an unusually low tackle total for the Bowman in a game where the opponent ran the ball 32 times. The eight-year pro admitted that his body wasn't ready for the quick turnaround between last week's contest and Thursday's loss to the Rams, according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. That represents a larger issue that the NFL faces regarding player health in their quest for higher ratings on TNF. Expect Bowman to bounce back with 10 days of rest before next week's matchup against the Cardinals.