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Bowden responds to report about why Raiders traded him

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Lynn Bowden Jr. read the story about why his Raiders tenure ended so quickly, and he's not happy about it.

A day after the Raiders traded the 2020 third-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins, Bowden took to Twitter to share his side of the story.

The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Saturday that the Raiders had grown concerned about Bowden and decided the risk outweighed the reward.

"Some at the team facility thought the rookie was more concerned with picking up new cars than the playbook, and on the field Bowden looked measured and not explosive," Tafur wrote. "On top of a lack of breakaway speed, he was always getting blasted when it was his turn to pass block."

Tafur also noted that the Raiders were worried that Bowden's affinity for Las Vegas and that he might become a bad influence on first-round draft picks Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette.

So, the Raiders packaged Bowden and a 2021 sixth-round draft pick and flipped them to the Dolphins for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock spoke to the media Sunday and defended Bowden while answering questions about why he traded the former Kentucky product.

Clearly, Bowden and Mayock disagree with what Tafur wrote. But there's very likely a lot of truth to what was reported and written, otherwise it wouldn't have been published.

Now in Miami, Bowden should get a chance to play for a young, rebuilding Dolphins team and he has a chance to prove the Raiders wrong.