Now, they are. Bowman was unexpectedly released Friday by the San Francisco 49ers and on Monday signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Raiders.
Carr recalls, “We’re standing there having a conversation.‘You know it wouldn’t be bad if you came and played for the Raiders.’ And he started laughing. He was like, ‘Oh, man, it would be fun. Maybe one day we can play together.’
“First thing we brought up was, ‘Hey, do you remember that conversation?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, I remember.’ So now that it happened, it’s an amazing thing.”
Bowman spent his first seven NFL seasons in San Francisco, enjoying the highs (Super Bowl in February 2013) and lows (the 49ers are winless this year).
He fills a Raiders void at middle linebacker and brings veteran leadership to a team that’s reeling with four straight losses and looking for a spark with Thursday’s AFC West showdown looming against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Hey, I’m going to show you something,” Bowman says. “We’re 2-4, two games behind. I love the challenge. I think the guys do, too. It’s about how you respond to adversity, not about when it happens. I look forward to it.”
I still have a lot of juice left in me.
Oakland Raiders middle linebacker NaVarro Bowman after seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers
Bowman had multiple offers this weekend but says it was an easy decision for him to choose staying in the Bay Area – he has three school-age children, 5-year-old twin daughters and an 8-year-old son.
“They’re doing really well, so you always want to keep that going as a parent. You don’t want to keep switching them in and out. That played a big part in what I was going to do.”
Thursday Night Football
Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-4)
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