'One of the great players' for the 49ers: Veteran linebacker Bowman released

Report 49ers looking to trade LB Na Vorro Bowman

Report 49ers looking to trade LB Na Vorro Bowman

The 49ers are looking to go younger at the linebacker spot, as they have released NaVarro #Bowman.

"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful", Lynch said in a statement.

NaVorro Bowman can still play at a high level, and one lucky team is going to get him for the rest of the year.

Here we look at how the 49ers came to release Bowman and what it means for him and San Francisco going forward. When healthy, Bowman is considered one of the best inside linebackers in the league but has an injury history that is likely to cause concerns for multiple franchises. He may never receive the recognition he merits as a result of his injuries, but he will forever be remembered by the 49ers as a cornerstone of a team that, but for a few bounces of the ball, could have celebrated three successive Super Bowl titles.

While Bowman is still effective against the run, he is not the same brilliant player he once was in coverage and his heir apparent, Reuben Foster - who the Niners traded back into the first round this year to get - has the physical tools to be a force in both of those areas.

It was reported earlier this year that Bowman was on the trade block, but the 49ers staunchly denied it at the time.

And while Bowman was surely a major presence within San Francisco's defense heading into this season, it didn't take much to see he had lost a step. However, Bowman has the right under the labor deal to collect the balance of his 2017 salary as termination pay, and to keep whatever he earns with another team.

The following year, however, Bowman busted out, racking up 143 tackles, two sacks, three fumble recoveries and eight passes defended while being named a First-Team All-Pro. From the 2011-2013 season, Bowman was a tackling machine, having a least 143 tackles in each of those seasons.

"I think it's a fair question, especially when you're 0-5", Shanahan said.

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