Friday, the San Francisco 49ers parted ways with long-time linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
Bowman joined San Francisco in 2010 and in eight seasons with the team has been a fan favorite. He even scored the last ever touchdown at Candlestick Park before the team moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Despite a productive career with the 49ers, which includes 808 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 28 passes defended, Bowman sensed his time was coming to an end.
In 2016 he only played in four games, and so far in 2017 has seen less and less playing time as younger defenders have taken over his snaps.
The injuries that saw him lose an entire season in 2014, and have kept him from returning to full form since, are what make him eager to join a contending team instead of being on a rebuilding team like San Francisco.
When the Niners couldn’t orchestrate a trade that worked for both Bowman and the organization they granted his release.
Speculation of where Bowman will end up has begun and many believe he will wind up right around the corner to the heart of the bay area to play for the Oakland Raiders.
Time will tell where the four-time First-Team-All Pro winds up but he’s sure to land somewhere.