The last remaining vestige of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl team could finally be on his way out of town. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team has put star linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the trading block.
49ers shopping LB NaVorro Bowman, and there are teams interested, sources tell ESPN. His time in SF soon could come to an end.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2017
The seventh-year veteran was originally a third-round NFL Draft pick of San Francisco back in 2010 out of Penn State. He has made four All-Pro teams along the way, including the year in which he returned from an ACL injury that caused him to miss the entirety of the previous season. Bowman suffered another serious injury last season, when he tore his Achilles tendon in a Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
At 29 years old, Bowman has several more years of quality football left before age catches up to him. He leads the 49ers in tackles this season with 38 in all, but has been noticeably slow to the football compared to years past — like those before he suffered a pair of devastating injuries. Still, there are many teams in the league who would love to get their hands on a player with Bowman’s leadership ability, playing instincts and overall NFL experience.
It makes sense that San Francisco would potentially feel comfortable cutting ties with a player who has become synonymous with the organization — and specifically the NFC West franchise’s defense — because of his injury-plagued past. The 49ers are also winless on the season at 0-5, which could have initially led to the start of such a rumor involving Bowman.