Today, former Raiders and 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman announced his retirement from the NFL after an eight-year career, the first seven of which were spent with the 49ers and the last season was split between San Francisco and Oakland.
Bowman came to Oakland in the middle of the 2017 season after the 49ers released him, and he was a bright spot for a Raider defense that lacked a solid presence in the middle. He snagged the Raiders’ first interception of the season against the Broncos on October 16’s Week 12 game against Denver, picking off Paxton Lynch.
Although Bowman could clearly still play, he sat out the 2018 season after no team was interested in paying whatever his asking price was. Bowman will retire in the red and gold where he spent the majority of his career, although he was a good Raider in his short time in Oakland and will be fondly remembered by Raider Nation. Bowman amassed 89 tackles and 1.5 sacks in only 10 games as a Raider.
Bowman retires with 798 tackles and 14 sacks to go with five interceptions, the final one being a memorable moment for a Ken Norton Jr. defense that didn’t have many highlights. Bowman will go down as one of the best linebackers of the last decade and a solid member of the Hall of Very Good.