Chargers first-round pick set to play, 49ers release Bowman

As the San Francisco 49ers endure another hard season, linebacker NaVorro Bowman is reportedly a potential trade candidate. Unfortunately, he suffered two season-ending injuries in back-to-back years and was reportedly on the trade block before the season started.

Rookie Reuben Foster boasts considerably superior athleticism while Ray-Ray Armstrong has two picks in his last two games.

A four-time first-team All-Pro, Bowman recorded at least 143 tackles in each season from 2011-2015, and he also has seven forced fumbles and four interceptions in his career.

Thursday evening, [head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and I met with NaVorro, and from our conversation it became evident that going in different directions was best for both him and our team.

Bowman missed the entire 2014 season after suffering a gruesome leg injury in the 2013 NFC Championship Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

General manager John Lynch said the team looked into possible trade partners and came close to completing one. "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 favorite of our Faithful fans".

NaVorro Bowman can still play at a high level, and one lucky team is going to get him for the rest of the year. He appeared in only four contests previous year after tearing his Achilles tendon in early October. Bowman's salary-cap figure next year goes to $12 million, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Bowman, who was disgruntled with a lack of playing time in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, was headed towards being an excess commodity on the Niners' rebuilding roster. They have a very good defense, and their offense is doing enough to win some games.

With Bowman gone, the 49ers basically discarded the last major piece of their team that reached Super Bowl XLVII.

  • Stacy Allen