According to Mike Lombardi, the 49ers are trying to trade former All Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. I’ve transcribed Lombardi’s report below. To hear it, fast forward to the 20-minute mark in the podcast at the bottom this post.
When you’re done, answer the following questions:
- Do you think the 49ers will find a trade partner for Bowman?
- Do you think the 49ers will cut Bowman if they don’t find a trade partner?
Update: The 49ers just denied the validity of this report. Do you buy their denial?
I stand by my report on Bowman–they can deny all they want..
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) May 11, 2017
My interpretation: The 49ers indeed tried to trade Bowman, just as Lombardi reported, but found no takers. So, they’re denying this report because they’re stuck with Bowman and want to keep him happy.
Q: “Another linebacker that a lot of people are talking about and speculating what his future may look like, NaVorro Bowman of the 49ers. Had a torn Achilles, trying to come back from that. He has said good things, made rave remarks about Kyle Shanahan and the new regime there with the 49ers, which is good. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020 but he has a pretty big deal right now with the 49ers, so they may be trying to unload that.”
LOMBARDI: “They’re definitely doing that. They’ve made it known that if you want him, he’s healthy, that they’ll be willing to move him. I think this, too, what fans have to understand is — and this is what we always did in the league — whenever there’s a new coaching staff, and this is an Al-Davis-ism, whenever there’s a new coaching staff you have to always know that the teams that hire new coaches are going to get rid of players because they want different players. Now, I don’t know about Bowman as just being a new player, but San Francisco is going to clean — Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are going to clear out that roster. Bowman is a guy who has been a leader in the locker room, he has been part of the team, he had a really good relationship with the old general manager, Trent Baalke, so I think that this is a message that they would send to the locker room that he’s no longer in control any more. He’s available if you want him. I don’t know who’s going to pay him $9.5 million coming off all the injuries that he’s had, but you can have him. And I think that ultimately, you know, you’ve got to make that decision. I don’t think it will be a lot. I think the 49ers will get rid of him for very little.”