49ers release NaVorro Bowman

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The 49ers won’t be trading linebacker Navorro Bowman, but he won’t be playing for the team any longer.

The 49ers announced on Friday that Bowman has been released. General Manager John Lynch said in a statement that he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Bowman on Thursday night and determined that parting ways was in the best interest of all involved.

“NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” Lynch said. “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. Thursday evening, Kyle 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. Although NaVorro may be moving on, he will always be looked at as one of the great players to wear the red and gold. We wish him and his family great success.”

Bowman was a third-round pick of the 2010 draft and made several All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams during his time with the team. That time was interuppted by a pair of major injuries — a knee injury that wiped out the entire 2014 season and an Achilles tear four games into last season — but Bowman was a tackling and playmaking machine when healthy. He’s taken a step back from that elite level, but remains a useful player.

He’ll be a free agent upon the league processing the move. While his $6.75 million salary may have made a trade difficult, it seems likely that he’ll land somewhere else to continue his career before too much time passes.

68 responses to “49ers release NaVorro Bowman

  1. Elway, PLEASE get on the phone with his agent. Our already nasty defense will be that much better with Bowman.

    Signed,
    Broncos Country

  2. Thanks, Mon5t3r for everything. Dedicated his career to the Niners. Ppl are going to ask why they didn’t trade him. It was out of respect to Bowman so he could find a team he wanted to go to. He is a great leader and I hope he lands a Superbowl before it’s all said and done. Thanks, Bow!

  3. UNBELIEVABLE! YOU LET THE HEART AND SOUL OF YOUR TEAM GO! WELCOME TO THE BUSINESS OF THE NFL. IF YOU DID IT TO MONTANA AND RICE WHY NOT BOWMAN! SUCKS TO SEE HIM LEAVE

  4. Vic Fangio should have him on speed dial. There are holes from injuries, and he knows the defense. He could walk right in. Only question should be is if he really wants to be on another rebuild.

  5. Best of luck, Bow! You were a warrior for us; especially the days you were teamed up with P. Willy. Someone will get a great player with some tread left on the tires. He has definitely lost a step but still a beast. The Rueben Foster era has officially begun.

  6. minneanderthals says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Follow your fellow departures to GB, good sir.
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    Kinda what I was thinking ! We could use a stout body in the ILB crew. Brooks is his buddy.
    And who else can give him a chance at a ring? It makes sense.
    Now does Ted see it that way ? That's another story…….

  7. given his history he should consider going to the highest bidder because he is unlikely to be in the league much longer.

  8. The Bears don’t have a healthy linebacker on the roster. The Patriots need all the help on defense they can get. The Vikings could use him over that rookie starting on the outside. The packers need all the help they can get on defense too. Lots of options out there. The Bucs also have a ton of linebacker injuries

  9. Seahawk fan here. Bowman is the toughest guy I’ve ever seen. The fumble at the goal line during the playoffs at Seattle, where his knee was torn to pieces but he was at the bottom of the pile holding on to the ball is one of the most incredible moments I’ve ever witnessed. To this day I can’t imagine how he was able to do that. I hope he continues playing with a better team.

  10. suckafree9rs415 says:

    October 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the memories Bo!!
    Niner Empire
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    Niner Empire?!? LOL… more like “Niner Outhouse,” or “Niner Welcome Mat!

  11. Bowman is not the same player. He was a great Niner, but the knee and Achilles injuries he has suffered ruined him. He was a liability in coverage and was no longer the sideline to sideline player he used to be. I wish him the best. Good luck Bo!

  12. It’s a rough business and I understand both sides. It is what it is. I remember Peyton Manning’s last year with the Colts. Shortly after signing a $25 million contract, he mysteriously developed neck issues. He ended up never playing another down for them, and he didn’t offer them a refund either. I didn’t blame Peyton then, and I don’t blame the 49ers now. John Lynch will get fired if the 49ers don’t win, so I don’t blame him either.

  13. We all saw he’s lost a step as a complete LB but without having a solid replacement this is kind of shocking.

    I had a gut feeling this would happen at the END of the season but wow. Thanks for the Pick at the Stick and all the other memories, best of luck to you Bo!

  14. HankTheDog says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    He’s gonna go to the Hoodie! Get that ring he couldn’t get in SF.
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    The Patsies* were the team they had a trade lined up with, but he declined because he has a conscience.

  15. whyamiacowboysfanagain says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    suckafree9rs415 says:

    October 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for the memories Bo!!
    Niner Empire
    ************************************************
    Niner Empire?!? LOL… more like “Niner Outhouse,” or “Niner Welcome Mat!

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    Not exactly fitting considering our recent fall from being contenders but that is our name (e.g Steeler Nation, etc).

    But what’s really sad is that Cowpies think they’re “America’s team”.

  16. Wow. Must have been SOME conversation. He will start just about anywhere he wants. To the guy that said the Seahawks should sign him, recent Seahawk Brock Coyle just took Bowman’s job. Defense is not our problem… Pay attention!

  17. tbeverli says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    Welcome to the Patriots.

    Lol, Jesus couldn’t save that defense.

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    lol

    you are going to be very disappointed come february

    slow atarts mean squat with ne

  18. Bowman was a beast, I just remembered that fumble he recovered against Seattle whilst simultaneously having his leg completely dismantled. You earn my respect for all times with that kind of toughness.

  19. He may not be a full-time player anymore but he can certainly give a team some additional depth at the LB position. Since he was released he can pick his team and I suspect that’s what he’ll do instead of signing with the team that offers the most money.

  20. Earlier reports that 9ers were “shopping” Navarro turned out to have been misheard. They actually said they were “chopping” Navarro, and apologize for any misunderstanding.

  21. Considering the titanic rebuild the Niners are in this makes perfect sense. Big cap number next year, still has some run defense gas left in the tank (lost three steps in pass coverage) and by releasing him now, he can latch on to a contender with plenty of time to learn a new defense before the real games start. I think he’s a perfect fit for the Panthers with Kuechley’s concussion proneness

  22. Lol, Jesus couldn’t save that defense.

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    lol

    you are going to be very disappointed come february

    slow atarts mean squat with ne


    I’m not sure what slow atarts mean, but that defense hasn’t been this bad in recent memory.

  23. Seemed to me that the 49er downfall began when his knee got shredded in that game. He was that important to the defense, and the defense was the strength of the team. Shame he fell so far, he was a terror on the field and as a Seahawks fan I was always looking for him before the snap, afraid of what he might do next.

    Wish him the best going forward, and though he has lost a step I think he brings a lot of courage, instinct and intelligence to the next team. Lots of interesting potential destinations; I think New Orleans is most interesting. But here’s hoping he finds a home in the AFC

  24. I could see him signing with Buffalo, Kansas City or Dallas. Him and Willis were the best pair of linebackers in the game. Shame Willis had to retire due to injury.

  25. Wonder what happened. As a veteran of his years wasn’t his salary guaranteed after week 1? What do the 49ers gain by cutting him at this point since they still pay him for the rest of this year unless there are offsets?

  26. Bow, the niner nation loves you. I hoped that you would retire last year following the achilles injury, because the game was destroying your body. I think you are still outside of the fully back window from that injury. You should go to New England a get the ring you deserve.

  27. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    minneanderthals says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm
    Follow your fellow departures to GB, good sir.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Kinda what I was thinking ! We could use a stout body in the ILB crew. Brooks is his buddy.
    And who else can give him a chance at a ring? It makes sense.
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    As usual Packer fans are full of themselves beyond common sense. The Packers are the only team where Bowman could go where he could get a ring this year? Really? Why do they even play out the rest of the season? Why not just stop playing right now and give the SB trophy to the Packers? SMH.

  28. As usual Packer fans are full of themselves beyond common sense. The Packers are the only team where Bowman could go where he could get a ring this year? Really? Why do they even play out the rest of the season? Why not just stop playing right now and give the SB trophy to the Packers? SMH.

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    That’s not what he said. Say what you want about Packers fans, but all he meant was how many teams who are in the market for ILB are legitimate Super Bowl contenders? Reading the comments here I am seeing a lot of Jets, Bears, etc. For a guy late in his career who has never won a SB, this would probably enter Bowman’s decision making. If you think he said anything more than that, you truly are delusional.

  29. milehighcityboss says:
    October 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Elway, PLEASE get on the phone with his agent. Our already nasty defense will be that much better with Bowman.

    Signed,
    Broncos Country

    55 146 Rate This

    Maybe you should speak for yourself. Apparently the vast majority of “Broncos Country” doesn’t agree with you.

  30. What a quitter. He’s a good player, but I’d hate to have a guy like this as a teammate. Thinks he’s above the team so he cried his way out. I wouldn’t want a guy like that on my team.

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