49ers officially release linebacker NaVorro Bowman

49ers officially release linebacker NaVorro Bowman

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 still had two years remaining on his current deal with #San Francisco, including a $8.7 million base salary in 2018.

"Although NaVorro may be moving on, he will always be looked at as one of the great players to wear the red and gold".

The 6-foot, 242-pound Bowman was originally selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Penn State.

The 29-year-old linebacker also suffered an Achilles injury last season, so he may no longer be as great as he once was, but he was still leading his team in total tackles this season after five games.

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If there is anything, the 49ers gave Bowman the chance to hear offers from the rest of the league rather than sticking to whichever team was willing to offer the Niners compensation. He may never receive the recognition he merits as a result of his injuries, but he will forever be remembered by the 49ers as a cornerstone of a team that, but for a few bounces of the ball, could have celebrated three successive Super Bowl titles.

Team officials said they tried to trade Bowman, a four-time All-Pro, this week but found no takers. "We had a conversation and, I don't know - they're doing what they want to do and, I don't know".

So by that means, Lynch and Co. did Bowman right.

The following year, however, Bowman busted out, racking up 143 tackles, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and eight passes defended while being named a First-Team All-Pro.

It's going to be interesting to see if Bowman generates much interest. He had been upset about being taken out for stretches of games after being accustomed to being an every-down player most of his career. Bowman also led the team in tackles in four of the previous six seasons (2011-13, 2015).

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