Per his report, it was for a seventh-round draft pick. That wouldn’t have been a bad price to pay, but it appears Bowman preferred to become a free agent instead.
Before they surprisingly released linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Friday, the San Francisco 49ers agreed to trade the longtime veteran to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN.
But rather than adding Bowman to cap a week in which they traded running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round pick, the Saints learned the veteran linebacker preferred to be a free agent and talk to all teams before deciding on one.
The Oakland Raiders are reportedly the front runner to acquire Bowman, as he’s set to visit the team in the next couple of days, and there’s a ton of interest. Perhaps the Saints might be a longshot at this point, but it begs the question: Does this defense even need NaVarro Bowman?