On Friday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers officially released linebacker NaVorro Bowman at the request of the four-time All-Pro.
And now the 49ers have released LB NaVorro Bowman.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2017
With the emergence of rookie inside linebacker Reuben Foster, Bowman had become expendable for the 49ers. And just hours after news broke that they had made the 29-year-old linebacker available for a trade, the Niners chose to release the former Penn State standout.
“NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful,” said 49ers general manager John Lynch (via 49ers.com). “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.”
With a plethora of contenders in need of help at inside linebacker, Bowman should have no trouble finding a new job.