by Dom Cavalieri
Look, we've all loved Bowman ever since the day we drafted him. He was one half of, in my opinion, the greatest middle-linebacking duo in the history of the NFL, and after the great defensive exodus of 2015, we all looked to him to be the leader of our team. And that he was, even when the team was uproariously awful.
When I first got the update that he had been released by the 49ers per request, I was happy for him. He's not getting any younger, and this 49er team has a lot more ground to cover before they are anywhere near contending. I figured he might sign with the Patriots or Chiefs or even the Raiders for a long year deal.
In the end, he did in fact sign with the Raiders, but instead of signing a long term deal with them in order to possibly see playoffs next season and the year after, he signed 1 YEAR.
If he wanted to miss the playoffs this year and live in the Bay Area, he could have stayed in San(ta) Francisco(Clara), and earning almost ten million dollars more. I'm almost positive the Raiders are going to be good next year, but if Bowman underwhelms and the Raiders see an aging, post injury linebacker, he may not get that chance. We're not mad that you left, we're just frustrated why you did it this way. Whatever, enjoy the worst stadium in the league this year, and maybe after the season is over, we can all watch the playoffs together