Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is signing a one-year, $3 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bowman fills a need for the Raiders at middle linebacker with rookie fifth-round draft pick? Marquel Lee?out with an ankle injury. The 49ers released Bowman on Friday after seven seasons with team. Before that move, the?49ers had agreed to trade the veteran to the? New Orleans Saints?for a seventh-round draft pick, league sources told ESPN. But after agreeing to the trade, the 49ers learned that Bowman preferred to be a free agent and decide where he would play next. As a reward for his service, San Francisco acquiesced and released the linebacker.??
More than 100 people participated in a silent protest before the start of the Baltimore Ravens game as the national anthem played inside the M&T Bank Stadium. The Baltimore Sun reports that the protesters stood outside the stadium with their fists raised, then knelt down before the Ravens played the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Organizers said the goal was to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He drew criticism for refusing to stand for the anthem to protest the oppression of minorities. The Rev. Jamal Bryant said the reasons behind Kaepernick's actions have become lost in the political noise. Members of the Ravens and many other teams knelt earlier this
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play Sunday after a federal judge in New York granted him a temporary restraining order on Tuesday. As a result, Elliott is expected to be on the field when the Cowboys face the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. The NFL Players Association filed the motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction as part of the federal lawsuit initiated by the NFL.