Former Penn State LB NaVorro Bowman released by the San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers Na Vorro Bowman sits on the field after getting injured during their game against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter of their NFL game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara Calif. on Sunday Oct. 2 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer  Bay Area

San Francisco 49ers Na Vorro Bowman sits on the field after getting injured during their game against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter of their NFL game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara Calif. on Sunday Oct. 2 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer Bay Area

The San Francisco 49ers have released veteran linebacker Navorro Bowman. 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. The two were key to San Francisco's run of three straight trips to the NFC title game and one Super Bowl appearance.

Bowman has been one of the NFL's best inside linebacker for several years and has battled his way back from serious lower extremity injuries to remain effective at 29 years old. The team signed Bowman to a four-year extension in 2016, locking him into the team until 2022. Reuben Foster went down with a leg injury in the season opener.

In a tweet sent out by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bowman is being shopped by the San Francisco 49ers...and teams are interested. He was forced to sit through the entire 2014 season with ACL and MCL tears to his knee. According to Pro Football Focus, Bowman leads the 49ers with 31 tackles and 17 stops so far this season.

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.

This is not the first time this year that Bowman's name had popped up regarding trade talk.

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. In 2018, that number increases to almost $12 million.

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