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49ers release NaVorro Bowman

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman during an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter learned that the San Francisco 49ers were shopping NaVorro Bowman, the veteran linebacker was informed that he had in fact played his last down as a member of the NFC West franchise. On Friday afternoon, the 49ers formally announced that the franchise had released Bowman.

At just 29 years old, Bowman should still have several years of impactful football ahead of him. Although he leads the 49ers in tackles this season, a pair of serious injuries over the course of the last three years – a torn ACL in 2014-15 and torn Achilles tendon last season – have sapped the four-time All-Pro selection of the speed that once made him one of the NFL’s best all around defenders. Regardless, it shouldn’t take long for Bowman to catch on with a new team while payers with his experience come few and far between in today’s NFL. His veteran leadership and presence in the locker room should also help his stock upon Bowman being forced to test the open market.

Already making five regular-season appearances as a member of the 0-5 49ers thus far into the 2017-18 campaign, the seasoned linebacker has compiled 38 total tackles alongside one pass defense. However, he has yet to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery or interception this time around. For his NFL career as a whole, Bowman has produced 709 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, four interceptions and 27 pass defenses over the course of 89 regular-season appearances.



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