SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith were 49ers teammates for four seasons. They are no longer on the same team, but Bowman said Friday he is rooting for the newest member of the Oakland Raiders.
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Raiders and could be in uniform as early as Sunday, when the Raiders open the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“You have to move forward,” Bowman said. “I’m all about Aldon. Whatever’s best for him. He’s my friend. He was my teammate. Whatever’s best for him. He’s got his family to take care of, and that’s dependent on him.
“I’m excited for him to have another opportunity to go out there and play this game that he loves. Hopefully, he realizes the opportunity that he has and stays on track.”
The 49ers released Smith on Aug. 7, one day after his arrest stemming from an incident in the parking garage of his Santa Clara apartment. On Friday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed three misdemeanor charges: DUI with prior conviction and refusal to submit to chemical test; hit and run with property damage; and vandalism under $400.
Smith served a nine-game suspension at the beginning of last season for violations of the league’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.
He had a strong offseason program with the 49ers, but was released on Aug. 7, after the incident occurring on the team’s first day off of training camp.
Smith remained a free agent for more than a month before landing with the Raiders.
“I’m really happy for him and cheering for him to do great things,” 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini said.