49ers release four-time All-Pro LB NaVorro Bowman

49ers release four-time All-Pro LB NaVorro Bowman

"Thursday evening, (49ers head coach) Kyle (Shanahan) and I met with NaVorro, and from our conversation it became evident that going in different directions was best for both him and our team". He's still young and productive enough to start on many National Football League defenses, but San Francisco has a first-year coach and general manager trying to remake the roster how they want.

Bowman was reportedly on the trade block, but the 49ers evidently decided it was best to just move on.

Bowman has spent his entire career with the 49ers up to this point.

Bowman is making $6.75 million base salary this season as part of a four-year extension he signed last year under former general manager Trent Baalke.

This season, Bowman has 38 total tackles and one pass defensed. They did so at inside linebacker and the unit has struggled through five weeks into the season.


The eight-year veteran earned First-Team All-Pro honors four times in his career (2011-13, 2015), as well as three trips to the Pro Bowl (2013-14, 2016). He has sustained two major injuries to his left leg since January of 2014.

In 2016, he started in each of the team's first four games where he registered 35 tackles, two passes defensed, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble before he was placed on the Injured Reserve List on October 6, 2016. "Nobody likes coming out of the game, but I'm a team player", Bowman said after Sunday's overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, according to Chris Biderman of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Especially after the 2017 NFL Draft addition of linebacker Reuben Foster and the free-agent signing of linebacker Malcolm Smith.

This is not the first time this year that Bowman's name had popped up regarding trade talk. Many have felt that Foster's natural position on the defense would be at the Mike linebacker spot, which is where Bowman played.

According to ESPN, Bowman has not been happy with his playing time so far this season.

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