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'One of the great players' for the 49ers: Veteran linebacker Bowman released

15 October 2017

Following his release from the 49ers on Friday, it doesn't appear linebacker NaVorro Bowman will be unsigned long, according to a report from NFL Media.

NaVorro Bowman can still play at a high level, and one lucky team is going to get him for the rest of the year.

Bowman, at age 29, will eventually be replaced by first round pick Reuben Foster even if Bowman isn't traded. But when that fell through, Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan granted Bowman's request and released him to give him the opportunity to pick his new team. He may never receive the recognition he merits as a result of his injuries, but he will forever be remembered by the 49ers as a cornerstone of a team that, but for a few bounces of the ball, could have celebrated three successive Super Bowl titles.

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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. "We had a conversation and, I don't know - they're doing what they want to do and, I don't know". Unfortunately, he suffered two season-ending injuries in back-to-back years and was reportedly on the trade block before the season started. Now that Bowman has hit the market, many teams will be asking for his services due to their own lack at the linebacker position.

In 89 career games, Bowman has 808 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 28 passes defensed.

It's going to be interesting to see if Bowman generates much interest. From the 2011-2013 season, Bowman was a tackling machine, having a least 143 tackles in each of those seasons. The only players remaining in San Francisco who played in that Super Bowl following the 2012 season are now left tackle Joe Staley, center Daniel Kilgore and tight end Garrett Celek. He had been upset about being taken out for stretches of games after being accustomed to being an every-down player most of his career.

'One of the great players' for the 49ers: Veteran linebacker Bowman released