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Does NaVorro Bowman remaining a free agent mean anything?

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The 49ers cut the fan-favorite linebacker in 2017 and it was a polarizing decision. Did they do the right thing?

NFL free agency has almost hit its 30-day mark and there are a few names still unsigned. One of which is former San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman was released following some disagreements with the coaching staff with being put to the sidelines. When he made his disgruntlement public, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. First, the 49ers tried to get a trade in place, but out of respect for Bowman (and their inability to find a partner Bowman would be willing to play for) they released him.

Bowman then went to the Oakland Raiders on a one-year deal and had a decent end to his season. He unfortunately was not brought back.

Now Bowman sits on the sidelines, without a contract in hand. There’s been a lot of speculation on where he could go, but there’s been nothing suggesting he may have a home for 2018.

When Bowman was released, it was a somewhat polarizing decision. Some fans were angry that the fan-favorite was let go of, while others realized Bowman was not in the 49ers long-term plans. Bowman has suffered two injuries that could derail a career by themselves. A torn ACL and MCL in the 2013 NFC Championship Game and a torn achilles tendon in in the 2016 regular season.

Does the fact NaVorro Bowman has not had any momentum in getting signed either change your mind, or solidify that you think the 49ers did the right thing by releasing him?