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Bowman gets an offer he can’t refuse


At a time when few young players are signing long-term deals, 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman has decided to take the money and run — before he can’t run anymore.

Per a league source, the deal that Bowman accepted includes less than $8 million in fully-guaranteed money, via a $7.5 million signing bonus and the balance of his $540,000 base salary for 2012.  But the deal contains millions more in salary guaranteed for injury only, for now.

In 2013, a $4 million option bonus is due to Bowman; it’s fully guaranteed for now.  Ditto for Bowman’s $630,000 base salary in 2013.  The salary becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2013 league year.

In 2014, Bowman has a $4 million base salary, which is guaranted for injury, for now.  It becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2014 league year.  He also can earn per-game active roster bonuses that total, if all earned, $750,000.

In 2015, Bowman’s base salary is $4.7 million.  Again, it’s guaranteed for now for injury only.  It becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2015 league year.  Bowman also has the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

In 2016, the base salary is $5.85 million.  $4.17 million of it is guaranteed for injury only for now; it becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2016 league year.  Bowman once again has the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

In 2017, Bowman’s base salary is $6.75 million, non-guaranteed, with the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

In 2018, the salary pushes to $8.7 million, with the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

Given the free-agent market for linebackers (it’s nearly as soft as the veteran running back market) and the ever-present injury risk for a young player making minimum salaries, it makes sense for Bowman to take an offer that, in reality, he couldn’t have refused.

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16 Responses to “Bowman gets an offer he can’t refuse”
  1. hyzers says: Nov 27, 2012 6:09 PM

    He seems to be worth more than that.

  2. hopper15 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:16 PM

    Rosenhaus must of been smoking something strong to only getting 7.5 guaranteed. Great deal for the Niners

  3. rickastleydancemoves says: Nov 27, 2012 6:17 PM

    He should’ve accepted no less than 20 mil fully guaranteed. He’ll be asking for a better contract in 2 years.

  4. finerniner21 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:35 PM

    Honestly I could care less how much be gets paid. Im not receiving it nor don’t I have to pay it. Im just stoked we have the best LB duo for years to come! N with aldon only 2 yrs into his rookie deal, this is a great signing but the 49ers!!

  5. goldrush36 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:49 PM

    Baalke steps to the plate… here comes the offer and crack another home run.. much credit should go to Marathe as well though. He is shrewd when it comes to cap crunching. This is a HUGE value signing for the niners though. Baalke sets the price and almost never budges

  6. goldrush36 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:52 PM

    rickastleydancemoves says:
    Nov 27, 2012 6:17 PM
    He should’ve accepted no less than 20 mil fully guaranteed. He’ll be asking for a better contract in 2 years
    No he won’t. Bowman is a high character player and wants to stay next to big brother. He will play out this deal or receive yet another extension just like Willis..

  7. goldrush36 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:55 PM

    Rosenhaus was unable to get jack for Goldson either.. hence why he still has no long term deal. Even switching agents didn’t get him there. For Every good agent there is at least one GM that always has their way with them..

  8. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 27, 2012 7:08 PM

    Wow he’s worth a lot more than that.
    He got taken to the cleaners. Did he have Master P as his agent?

  9. goldenperspective says: Nov 27, 2012 7:09 PM

    Feels good to have these linebackers locked in. Something tells me they all want to stay together too.

  10. oaktown49er says: Nov 27, 2012 7:14 PM

    When I saw the name Bowman in the headline I was hoping it was Navorro. I was trying to figure out if there was another Bowman in the league. It has been bitter sweet watching Bowman knowing that we can’t afford him and Willis. So much for that. Great signing.

  11. mintberrycrunch1 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:14 PM

    Ridiculously good deal for SF. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that the Niners will be a SB contender for the next 4 years, barring unforeseen circumstances.

  12. stevincinci says: Nov 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    Now if only the Bengals can do a deal like this with Geno Atkins. They have got to lock this guy up for years to come.

  13. djmcba says: Nov 27, 2012 8:38 PM

    The big thing about this deal is that it’s injury protected. The only way the money is not guaranteed is if he gets cut. I feel more than safe in saying that if he ever gets cut there will be 31 other suitors looking to sign this guy. This is actually a very smart contract for Bowman and in no way did he get taken to the cleaners. Most “guaranteed” money in the NFL is not truly guaranteed due to other language in the contract. I am a fins fan, but huge kudos to bot Bowman and the 9ers on this one.

  14. theysone says: Nov 28, 2012 12:16 AM

    Great deal for a great player, who, in all honesty, has played better than Willis this year.

  15. briank1ne says: Nov 28, 2012 1:26 PM

    funny thing is that larry grant is behind them. niners are stacked to the brim with talent.

  16. jason49er says: Nov 28, 2012 2:30 PM

    I don’t understand how an option bonus can be fully guarenteed. That makes no sense to me.

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