Originally posted by Baldie:
Maybe Bowman wanted to stay in SF regardless of gauranteed money but just wanted to get the most he can get. If Bowman left, he probalby woudl have gotten more money but the defense could be mediocre. Plus he wouldn't be playing next to All Pro Willis. I think Bowman may have figured the team chemistry and Willis into his decision to stay and I'm all for it!! With Harbaugh and the coaching staff and the way this defense plays, where else would you want to play?
That's exactly what I was thinking. I know it sounds crazy to pass up a few million dollars, but I would rather have $45 million and look back at a career playing on a special defense with guys like Willis and Smith (all LB's are locked up through 2015, 2016 if Aldon gets the tag) than $50 million and a career on a mid-level defense. The extra $5 mil (or whatever) isn't worth it to me.
Brooks, Willis, Bowman, and Smith have a chance to do something really special here. Willis, Bowman, & Smith could probably make the hall on any team, but together they could be legends.