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NaVorro Bowman signs with 49ers through 2018

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The 49ers have locked up one of their top defensive players for six more seasons.

Shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers and linebacker NaVorro Bowman were close to completing a contract extension that will keep Bowman in San Francisco through the 2018 season, the 49ers officially announced that the deal is done.

The 49ers used an Instagram picture to formally announce the signing.

A new deal with Bowman, combined with Patrick Willis’s existing contract, means the 49ers will have both of their starting inside linebackers in place through at least 2016. Bowman, whom the 49ers selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft, has started every game in each of the last two seasons.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m. ET: NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Bowman’s new deal is worth $45.25 million in new money over five years, $25.5 million guaranteed.

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19 Responses to “NaVorro Bowman signs with 49ers through 2018”
  1. cadillacjosh says: Nov 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    The way those two fly around the field, it reminds me of a young Briggs/Urlacher. That’s coming from a Bears homer, its high praise.

  2. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Nov 27, 2012 3:51 PM

    Now he can assassinate Jonathon Vilma…

  3. direwolf748 says: Nov 27, 2012 3:52 PM

    dashon goldson should be next – pay the man!

  4. kane337 says: Nov 27, 2012 3:55 PM

    Oh boy, watch his production drop off now. When will teams learn to not to re-sign these dudes during the season.

  5. supremekingz says: Nov 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    YES! The Best inside duo in the NFL will remain tag team partners for at least the next 3-4 years! Bowman is spectacular! Willis could be HOF one day. Brooks already got his deal early this year and is so underrated (nice 50 yard pick 6 on Brees Sunday, btw). Bowman and Willis are locked up, next up will be Aldon Smith and then our linebacking corps will literally be the best in the NFL for years! Really solidifying that side of the ball

    Go Niners!

    Building through the draft. Gotta love GM Trent Baalke!

  6. smcgaels1997 says: Nov 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    Damn long term deals with Willis and Bowman? Scary

  7. kane337 says: Nov 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    Yo NaVorro, the ball is behind you.

  8. steelerben says: Nov 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    LB selected before Bowman in 2010:

    Rolando McClain
    Sean Weatherspoon
    Daryl Washington
    Sean Lee
    Brandon Spikes
    Pat Angerer
    Donald Butler

    What a steal in the third round this guy has turned out to be. Get this kid locked down for as long as you can.

  9. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Nov 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    rams, cards and seahawks are all crying in their adderall right now…

  10. sjoyner59 says: Nov 27, 2012 4:04 PM

    He is one hell of a player,playing next to Willis is a great linebacker combo

  11. supremekingz says: Nov 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    Willis got $50 mill. Bowman now has $45. I hope we’re still on target to pay Aldon when it’s time. Dashon Goldson should now definitely fire his agent.

    Again.

  12. lowelly says: Nov 27, 2012 4:30 PM

    All 4 of the niners starting linebackers are signed trough 2015. Wouldn’t expect to see aldon resigned until necessary so they can take advantage of his rookie contract to keep them under the cap and make sure the whole team gets addressed.

    Guys now almost certainly guaranteed to be gone.

    Jacobs
    Ginn
    Smith
    Haralson
    Sopoaga (just a hunch he’s a fa but would also need to take pay cut to be back)

  13. joe400e says: Nov 27, 2012 4:31 PM

    Baalke is doing an incredible job locking up the core talent of the team so far.

  14. waxthat says: Nov 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    Congrats Bowman

  15. rally411 says: Nov 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    49ers have the best quartet of linebackers since the Saints of the 80’s- bar none!

  16. sactown9er916 says: Nov 27, 2012 4:45 PM

    I think in order to get Goldson paid next they’re going to have to wait to buy out Smith’s $8M($1M buyout) and cut Haralson’s $3M in the offseason. Lets not forget they still need $5-6M for the impending draft class. This is another reason Crabtree needed a “stellar” season because his contract was before the rookie wage scale and escalates to around $6M next year, I believe. To me he hasn’t lived up to it.

  17. illinininer says: Nov 27, 2012 4:53 PM

    Bowman and Willis are incredible football players and it’s no coincidence the 49ers started playing championship defense with his emergence, but you’ve got to wonder how having that much money wrapped up towards inside linebackers will affect the rest of the team. Putting my faith in 49ers’ cap management skills. In Paraag I trust!

  18. dirtyjersey9er says: Nov 27, 2012 5:07 PM

    One thing to remember is Willis’ cap number drops from 13m this year to 3m next year.

  19. mikeinsanfran says: Nov 27, 2012 5:32 PM

    All four 49ers linebackers are now signed through at least 2015. That is just filthy! Sorry rest of the NFL….

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