NaVorro Bowman Trade Rumors: 49ers Reportedly Shopping Star Linebacker

by Steven Clarke October 15, 2017, 0:25
NaVorro Bowman Trade Rumors: 49ers Reportedly Shopping Star Linebacker

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.

The report of the 49ers talking trade with teams comes on the heels of the 49ers deciding to sit Bowman for some series to keep him fresh.

"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".

The four-time First-team All-Pro, came back from a devastating knee injury suffered in the 2013 NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks. But another injury past year to his Achilles tendon cost him 12 games, and he's been noticeably slower to react in the passing game this season.

The 49ers drafted Bowman in the third-round out of Penn State in 2010.

Bowman then tore his Achilles tendon early last season and missed most of the year before coming back again this year. He's signed through the 2019 season with a base salary of $6.75 million this year and $8.7 million next year, per Spotrac. During his career, he has appeared in 89 games (74 starts) and registered 808 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four interceptions (returning one for a touchdown), seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 28 passes defensed. With the injured Malcolm Smith tied to a long-term deal, this is a move that makes flawless sense for a rebuilding team, even if it will sting considerably from a purely emotional standpoint. The team is shopping star LB NaVorro Bowman. "We had a conversation and, I don't know - they're doing what they want to do and, I don't know".

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