San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman may be heading elsewhere, further erasing whatever’s left of the Jim Harbaugh era.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 29-year-old is on the trading block, and multiple teams are interested in his services.
49ers shopping LB NaVorro Bowman, and there are teams interested, sources tell ESPN. His time in SF soon could come to an end.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2017
Bowman is a four-time, first-team All-Pro who has been with the Niners since 2010. The combination of him and the since-retired Patrick Willis made for one of the top linebacker tandems in the NFL, something Seahawks fans know all too well. Unfortunately for NaVorro, this horrific ACL and MCL tear suffered in the NFC Championship Game against Seattle caused him to miss the whole of the 2014 season, and after a strong 2015, he missed most of last season after tearing his achilles tendon against the Dallas Cowboys. A month before the 2016 regular season started, then-GM Trent Baalke gave Bowman a four-year, $44 million extension ($20 million guaranteed), which put him under contract through 2022.
With two incredibly serious injuries just three seasons apart, the 2017 version of Bowman has not looked like the top-shelf player that he consistently was from 2011-2013. As the 49ers continue to rebuild, Bowman does not appear to be in the team’s long-term plans. Reuben Foster is expected to return to action after suffering a high-ankle sprain in week 1, and Bowman was none too happy about being taken out for a couple of series against the Colts. There were murmurs in the offseason that he was being shopped, and now it seems closer to reality than ever.
Putting aside rivalries, Bowman was an awesome player at his peak and it sucks that he’s had most of these past few years taken away from him due to injury. We’ll soon find out whether or not the Niners will get a deal done, and to which linebacker-needy team he’ll go to.
UPDATE: So much for trading him, GM John Lynch has announced that he’ll release Bowman. Wow.