San Francisco 49ers: NaVorro Bowman release a sad reality of rebuild

San Francisco 49ers' Na Vorro Bowman is reportedly being shopped for a trade

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Saturday they have promoted tight end Cole Hikutini to the active roster from the team's practice squad. Unfortunately, he suffered two season-ending injuries in back-to-back years and was reportedly on the trade block before the season started. Especially after the 2017 NFL Draft addition of linebacker Reuben Foster and the free-agent signing of linebacker Malcolm Smith.

The report of the 49ers talking trade with teams comes on the heels of the 49ers deciding to sit Bowman for some series to keep him fresh.

"NaVorro spoke publicly about his frustration with the strategy that Kyle (Shanahan) and his staff have put together to try to get the best out of NaVorro, in our minds, and have it be best for NaVorro and for our team", general manager John Lynch said Friday.




Bowman experienced two serious injuries - a major knee injury during the 2014 NFC Championship game that forced him out of the subsequent season, as well as a torn Achilles early in 2016. A three-time Pro Bowler, Bowman has recorded 709 tackles and 12.5 sacks during his eight-year career. The Penn State product was earning a $6.75 million base salary before being released by San Francisco.

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

Three teams were said to be interested in Bowman and it would be stunning if the Patriots, who have the worst defense in the league, were not one of them. However, he was not on the field much during the team's Week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, even though he was not injured. He appeared in only four contests past year after tearing his Achilles tendon in early October. "No one likes coming out of the game, but I'm a team player".

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