Bowman said towards the end of the 2017 season that he was hoping to be back with the Raiders next year and doesn’t see any reason why they wouldn’t want him back.
“I still study the same way,” Bowman said, via Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area. “I still feel like I can play this game at a high level. I feel like I can average 10 tackles a game. I don’t see why they wouldn’t sign me back. I’d love to stay. I like the area. I like the team and the organization. Hopefully we can make it happen.”
Bowman, 29, is a former third-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was in the second year of his seven-year, $77 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $6.75 million for the 2017 season when the 49ers released him.
The Raiders later signed Bowman to a one-year, $3 million contract and he’s now in position to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
In 2017, Bowman has appeared in 15 games and recorded 127 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.