Former Penn State LB NaVorro Bowman released by the San Francisco 49ers

Patriots should trade for 49ers LB Na Vorro Bowman

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that they have released linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Before he was released, Bowman played five games this season, tallying 38 total tackles. "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.

His pick-six in a 2013 win over the Atlanta Falcons marked the last touchdown scored at Candlestick Park before the 49ers moved to their new Levi's Stadium home.

"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful", Lynch. "We wish him and his family great success".

However, no team expressed interest in trading for Bowman, a third-round pick by the 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He's due the rest of his $6.75 million base salary this year, an $8.7 million base salary in 2018, a $750K roster bonus, a $2.55 million base salary in 2019 and a hefty $2 million roster bonus that year. The two were key to San Francisco's run of three straight trips to the NFC title game and one Super Bowl appearance. A year later, again in the conference championship, he suffered a grisly knee injury that washed out his 2014 season.

After missing the entire 2014 season due to injury, Bowman returned to action in 2015 and led the National Football League with 154 total tackles, according to gamebook statistics. He now leads the team in tackles, but his lateral quickness and his ability to cover opposing pass catchers appears to have been compromised by his recent injuries. Foster likely would have eaten into Bowman's snaps as the season wore on, Lynch said.

He was the recipient of the 49ers Ed Block Courage Award that year.



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