Navorro Bowman reportedly being shopped

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Na Vorro Bowman

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Na Vorro Bowman

The San Francisco 49ers are in a rebuilding phase and they could elect to deal one of their top players. The Penn State product was earning a $6.75 million base salary before being released by San Francisco.

The 49ers sought a trade partner for the three-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker prior to cutting him on Friday.

General manager John Lynch explained the reasoning behind the release telling reporters: "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".

Here we look at how the 49ers came to release Bowman and what it means for him and San Francisco going forward.

The 49ers will play their first game without Bowman Sunday in Washington, where it's expected rookie first-round pick Reuben Foster will return to the lineup for the first time since the season opener when he suffered a high ankle sprain.

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With some teams looking to fill holes created by injury, and other teams looking to create some depth for a playoff push, Bowman could find a team who wants him sooner rather than later.

In 2015, Bowman showed that he could bounce back from injury, recording 154 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

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. "I know he's a fan favorite".

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. Bowman then tore his Achilles tendon early last season and missed most of the year before coming back again this year. Bowman led the team in tackles four times in the past six years. He had been upset about being taken out for stretches of games after being accustomed to being an every-down player most of his career.

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