It appears that All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman may not be in the Bay Area much longer, at least in red and gold colors.
The San Francisco 49ers have released linebacker NaVorro Bowman in a move that cut ties with one of the few remaining links from the team's last run of success. He has played in all five games this season, getting 38 total tackles, but his snaps have been reduced as Brock Coyle has gotten more opportunities. In 2016, he started in each of the team's first four games where he registered 35 tackles, two passes defensed, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble before he was placed on the Injured Reserve List on October 6, 2016.
Teams tried, but ultimately, San Francisco ended up releasing the talented linebacker.
The 29-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career with the 49ers after being selected by them in the third round of the 2010 draft. He has sustained two major injuries to his left leg since January of 2014. He ranks 47th among linebackers in tackling efficiency, according to Pro Football Focus.
Bowman, who has been an every-down player since becoming a full-time starter in 2011, found himself on the sideline during an overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
With starting middle linebacker Marquel Lee injured (ankle) and out indefinitely, Oakland has already reported that they'll be placing their hopes at Major League Baseball in the undrafted, 6-foot, 215-pound rookie linebacker Nicholas Morrow against the Chargers Sunday. Foster even got reps during training camp at the position and was put in charge of calling out plays while there.
Bowman's cap hit this season is about $9.6 million.