San Francisco 49ers cut All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman


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 San Francisco 49ers have released linebacker NaVorro Bowman in a move that cut ties with one of the few remaining links from the team's last run of success.

Bowman has recorded 38 tackles over five games this season for the 0-5 49ers.

A knee injury kept Bowman out for the entire 2014 season, and an Achilles injury ended his season in 2016 after just four games.

Earlier on Friday, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the 49ers were shopping Bowman?and that there were teams interested in the veteran.?

Bowman has been one of the NFL's best inside linebacker for several years and has battled his way back from serious lower extremity injuries to remain effective at 29 years old.

What's even more fortunate for Oakland is that Bowman's pay was already guaranteed with offsets, meaning he and the NFLPA believe he can keep that money as a form of "termination pay", according to Pro Football Talk. Bowman's overall grade through five games this season is the lowest of his career. Bowman also led the team in tackles in four of the previous six seasons (2011-13 & 2015). He played in 58 of 76 defensive snaps against the Colts and saw Brock Coyle replace him for two series. The 49ers kept both linebackers around and they are glad they did. Lynch and Shanahan called the report "completely false" in a joint statement issued to NBC Sports Bay Area. With Foster in the wings and getting closer to playing full time, Bowman wants out of the organization.