Three 49ers vets restructure to help with Bowman deal

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The 49ers used a little teamwork to get linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s extension done this week.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers restructured the contracts of tight end Vernon Davis, cornerback Carlos Rogers and defensive lineman Ray McDonald to create the short-term cap room they needed to do the extension now.

Bowman’s signing bonus caused his 2012 cap number to jump $1.5 million immediately, so they went to the veterans for a little relief to cover the difference.

Players are usually happy to do this kind of deal, since it results in cash now, and it allowed them to keep a rising star under contract through the 2018 season.

16 responses to “Three 49ers vets restructure to help with Bowman deal

  1. It’s possible the Willis-Bowman-Smith trio will go down as the best linebacking corp in the history of the NFL. Man….who DOES have it better than us?!

    #ballsohard49ers

  2. I’m not a 9 ers fan, but I think it’s easy to say that this team is quickly become one of the class acts of the league. Tough d and running game. In a new era passing league they are that gritty throwback team that just hits ya in the mouth.

    Fun to watch these guys

  3. Not to mention the fact that accelerating payments can avoid the potential tax increases if the dreaded “fiscal cliff” ever comes to fruition in 30 days.

  4. It wasn’t that long ago that players were taking less money to leave SF. It’s great to see this sort of thing.

  5. @surferbum01:

    Dont forget about Brooks he is actually a very underrated line backer. Its like John Taylor, was a great WR but playing across from Jerry Rice he never got enough credit.

  6. Team huh. I’m a lifeling 49er fan. There’s another guy on the team, a captain in fact, that restructured a hefty contract, organized and paid for offseason OTA’s then got benched while playing at an elite level and just received NFC offensive player of the week.

  7. Shows you how the tough guy coach is overrated. Singletary was a tough guy, tough LB but a useless coach. In a game where pure macho-ness is glorified its amazing to see grown-up men respond to solid leadership (Harbaugh).
    WTG 49ers!

  8. @clickable…

    I’m a lifelong Niners fan too…and I feel where you’re coming from. However, I think we need to begin to let go of the angst of the QB decision and embrace the fact that our TEAM is beginning to return to what it was during it’s glorious past, as well as recognize and be grateful that Alex had a chance to play a big part in that.

    I’ve supported A.Smith mightily…but we must do as he would at this point which is be supportive of our TEAM as they focus on what’s most important…and that’s bringing #6 back home where it belongs.

  9. Awesome! This is the kind of thing winning players do on winning teams. These guys don’t just want a ring–they want to be part of a dynasty. It’s a great time for Niner fans.

  10. clickablecontent says:Nov 30, 2012 1:28 PM

    Team huh. I’m a lifeling 49er fan. There’s another guy on the team, a captain in fact, that restructured a hefty contract, organized and paid for offseason OTA’s then got benched while playing at an elite level and just received NFC offensive player of the week.

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    Let it go. Can’t you just be happy that the Niners are once again a great team that wins?

  11. I’m with Clickable on this one. I was so psyched that my team is finally back on top. But this whole QB change put a damper on the season for me. This article repairs it a bit…but nothing about the Smith benching feels right. Sometimes doing the right thing in the wrong way negates the good that comes from doing the right thing.

  12. I dont know how we have a useless coach when we go from a losing season to the NFC championship game…when the only real change was the coach…yeah….totally useless coach. Idiot.

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