49ers Release LB NaVorro Bowman

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Na Vorro Bowman warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara Calif. Monday Sept. 12 2016

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team has put star linebacker NaVorro Bowman on the trading block.

Bowman, who was playing in his eighth season, was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of 2010 NFL Draft.

Bowman made three-straight Pro Bowls with Fangio as his coach from 2011-2013 before a knee injury forced him to miss all of 2014, Fangio's a year ago in San Francisco.

"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.

"Thursday evening, (49ers head 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".

If there is anything, the 49ers gave Bowman the chance to hear offers from the rest of the league rather than sticking to whichever team was willing to offer the Niners compensation.

The 49ers appeared to be phasing Bowman out of their defense this season. Bowman then tore his Achilles tendon early last season and missed most of the year before coming back again this year. Especially after the 2017 NFL Draft addition of linebacker Reuben Foster and the free-agent signing of linebacker Malcolm Smith.

In 89 career games, Bowman has 808 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 28 passes defensed. "Nobody likes coming out of the game, but I'm a team player", Bowman told reporters after San Francisco's latest loss in Indianapolis.

This is not the first time this year that Bowman's name had popped up regarding trade talk. Lynch and Shanahan called the report "completely false" in a joint statement issued to NBC Sports Bay Area.

Foster could return from an ankle injury that has sidelined him since the opener on Sunday against Washington. Bowman at his best was a complete linebacker, but the player of 2015 was far more one-dimensional.

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