49ers announce release of veteran LB Bowman

From ESPN - October 13, 2017

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday they have released linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

"Thursday evening, [49ers coach] Kyle [Shanahan] 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," 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. "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."

Earlier on Friday, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the 49ers were shopping Bowman and that there were teams interested in the veteran.

Bowman, 29, has been unhappy with his playing time with the 49ers. 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.

After an 0-5 start to the season, Shanahan was asked Monday if it would be easy to start taking a look at younger players in an effort to build for the future.

"I think it's a fair question, especially when you are 0-5," Shanahan said. "But, I think my goal right now is, I try to keep perspective ... so I do not want to sit here and just make a ton of changes and totally go that direction."


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