Recently released linebacker NaVorro Bowman may not be out of work for too long. In fact, he may not leave California.

Bowman and the Oakland Raiders have “strong mutual interest” and Bowman is expected to visit the team in the coming days, according to Ian Rapoport of

Bowman, 29, was almost traded from his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, to the New Orleans Saints, prior to his release, for a conditional 7th round pick but San Francisco pulled out of the trade out of respect for Bowman’s preference to become a free agent so he could pick his next team.

“When Kyle [Shanahan] and I came into this, we said we knew that we would have to make tough decisions, if they were in the best interests of our team,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said.

“We felt like this was. We had a good, I think, honest and fruitful conversation with NaVorro. We left in a good place.”

The Raiders defense has been problematic this season, although their offensive struggles command the headlines.

The addition of Bowman will certainly help the struggling unit and perhaps can be the catalyst to get them back on track on the defensive side of the ball.