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

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

Javier Howell
October 15, 2017

NaVorro Bowman is no longer a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

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

"During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the league and his passion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favourite of our faithful fans".

"Drew spoke to me on Monday night and indicated his frustration on behalf of NaVorro and I told him that I had talked with Kyle and his staff and that we were convicted, that we felt like this was the best thing for him, which in response Drew communicated that if that's the case NaVorro would prefer to be traded".

The team agreed to the 29-year-old Bowman's request to be released after trade scenarios were investigated, according to general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.

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A knee injury kept Bowman out for the entire 2014 season, and an Achilles injury ended his season in 2016 after just four games. He appeared in only four contests a year ago after tearing his Achilles tendon in early October.

Bowman is a bonafide 49ers legend, having been an integral part of the fearsome defense that helped San Francisco to three successive NFC Championship games and Super Bowl XLVII and scored the last touchdown at Candlestick Park in a play known by many as "The Pick at the Stick". 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 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. The team is shopping star LB NaVorro Bowman.

While he played in all 16 games during his rookie campaign, he was used only sparingly, finishing with 46 tackles.