49ers part ways with LB Bowman

Henrietta Brewer
October 14, 2017

The San Francisco 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorrow Bowman on Friday, and the Chicago Bears could be interested in reuniting defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with his former star player.

Bowman has earned AP 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).

Bowman originally joined the 49ers as a third-round pick in 2010 and quickly formed one of the league's best linebacking duos with Patrick Willis.

"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful", said 49ers General Manager John Lynch.

Since returning from the knee injury he suffered during the 2014 NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks, Bowman hasn't been the same dominant linebacker.

Bowman, 29, is coming off an Achilles tear early last October that caused him to miss the final 11 games of 2016.

Bowman will now be free to sign with any team he so chooses.

Bowman started the first five games, recording 38 tackles and one pass defensed.

While this is a little shocking, it is not the strangest thing to see a rebuilding team ship out aging assets in favor of developing young players. "But, I think my goal right now is I try to keep perspective ... so I don't want to sit here and just make a ton of changes and totally go that direction".

According to Ian Rapoport, Bowman's agent sent letters to every other team asking them to seek a trade.

Bowman did not hide his displeasure after Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, upset over being replaced in favor of Brock Coyle for a couple of series. [Bowman's agent] Drew [Rosenhaus] spoke to me on Monday night and indicated his frustration on behalf of NaVorro and I told him I had talked with Kyle and his staff and that we were convicted. I don't like it. He will likely take a pay cut, but Bowman will be able to play for a contender again.

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