By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Here’s the deal on John Bowie, the cornerback no longer on the 53-man roster in order to make room for kickoff return specialist Justin Miller.
Bowie was waived/injured, which means if he clears waivers, he goes on the Raiders’ injured reserve list. NFL Network and National Football Post analyst Mike Lombardi, with no lack of delight, added to his NFL Network report that Bowie’s contract had been “terminated.”
Actually, Bowie does not have enough service to have his contract “terminated” and is subject to waivers.
Once he clears waivers, Bowie will go on I.R. and then can either remain there or the two parties can reach an injury settlement, allowing him to be a free agent.
Bottom line is he’s probably done as a Raider unless they want to keep around to save face.
Take a stroll on NFL.com through the draft history and check out selections from the fourth round on and it’s pretty clear finding anything approaching Moss is the equivalent of hitting the lottery and getting instant retirement.
Among the post-Bowie picks that year were 49ers safety Deshon Goldson (No. 126), Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain (No. 137), Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston (No. 142) and Giants tight end Kevin Boss (No. 153).
Players on their own roster still around taken after Bowie are defensive end Jay Richardson (No 138), fullback Oren O’Neal (No. 175) and defensive back Jonathan Holland (No. 254).
Bowie’s legacy will be as the guy who was traded for Randy Moss.
As much heat as the Raiders have taken for dealing Moss, they did the right thing for their team at the time. Don’t fool yourself. Moss was never going to be the player for the Raiders he was for the Patriots. Or for many other teams in the league, for that matter. The fact that other teams didn’t offer a first, second, or third round pick means they had no faith Moss would be productive, or that perhaps his best years were already behind him.
I admit I fell into the latter category, considering Moss a jump-and-catch receiver who never paid much attention to route running, having reached this opinion talking not only with NFL personnel types in relaxed atmospheres at the NFL scouting combine but also having on-the-record conversations with people like Tim Brown and Rod Woodson, whose opinions I respect.
At the press conference when the Raiders signed Richard Seymour, Al Davis said, “Randy Moss was great here for us. We couldn’t satisfy Randy, that was our fault. He’s a truly great player. The idea when you get a great player is to make him happy and satisfy him.”
What Davis didn’t say was that Bill Belichick was able to provide that environment, while Davis, with his turnstile of head coaches, assistants and offensive systems, created exactly the kind of environment that would turn Moss away.
If you’re going to take on a quirky superstar, you’d better have the proper supporting cast in terms of a personnel department, coaches and teammates.
Otherwise, you wind up with John Bowie and have no one to blame but yourself.