49ers extend NaVorro Bowman, turning three-year deal into seven-year deal

AP

New 49ers coach Chip Kelly must really like linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the 49ers have given Bowman a new contract, despite having three years left on his remaining deal.

In addition to a four-year, $44 million extension, the team increased his payout over the next three years. In all, it’s a seven-year, $67.55 million deal.

Of the amount, $20 million in subject to guarantees. The specifics as to the amount fully guaranteed and guaranteed for injury only (a key distinction) aren’t yet available.

Bowman previously was due to make $5.85 million in 2016 plus a per-game roster bonus of up to $750,000, $6.75 million in 2017 plus a per-game roster bonus of up to $750,000, and $8.7 million in 2018 plus a per-game roster bonus of up to $750,000.

The full structure and details of the deal will be critical to understanding its practical value. Essentially, the team guaranteed roughly the three years left on his prior deal, along with other payments that will be made if the team decides to continue the arrangement.