NaVorro Bowman’s employment odyssey lasted three days, and he didn’t have to get his mailing address changed.
The one-year, $3 million deal he reportedly signed with Oakland Monday came after a fairly quiet weekend for all parties. It was an easy choice for him, since there is minimal disruption, and an easy choice for Oakland, which needs all the defensive expertise it can get and has players that Bowman’s diminishing speed cannot expose.
In other words, everyone ends up happy . . . unless Bowman suddenly improves to the point where John Lynch has some ‘splainin’ to do.
The Raiders and 49ers have often shared players, thus belying their often overblown rivalry. The convenience was too . . . well, convenient, and will not be in evidence once Las Vegas becomes an NFL city.
And lord known the Raiders need some new voices in a room that has seemingly gone stale as expectations start to brown into disappointment. Bowman brings an effervescence borne of deep playoff runs, without being too loud a voice in a room that needs to develop more permanent leadership.
As to how much any of this translates into improved defensive play, or just a better vibe coming from Oaktown, well, put it this way.
If Bowman can stanch that level of bleeding, he shouldn’t be playing, he should be an EMT.
But at least he won’t end his career with a sour meeting with the people who run his original team, and that must count for something.