Sakamoto: 49ers ILB NaVorro Bowman Has ‘Heart’ In San Francisco

Three. That’s the number of NFL players who have been voted a first-team All-Pro since 2011. Elite company, as only Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt, Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas, and San Francisco 49ers ILB NaVorro Bowman hold those bragging rights, it’s no wonder the player known to Forever Faithful as MON5T3R was given a new contract.

49ers GM Trent Baalke released a statement saying:

“Over the last six years, NaVorro [Bowman] has become a cornerstone of our organization and securing his future in the Bay Area was a priority for us.” “The perseverance he displayed while overcoming adversity [torn MCL/ACL] and returning to his All-Pro form provides a great example of what can be accomplished through hard work and self-belief. This contract extension reaffirms our core philosophy of rewarding our own players and we are thrilled to know NaVorro will play his entire career with the 49ers.”

A deal that took 13 hours of negotiating, the two parties eventually struck a deal, as Bowman’s agent Drew   Rosenhaus was persistent in getting a new contract done. Rosenhaus was in attendance through the first two practices this week in order to negotiate a set-for-life contract for Bow. It paid off.

In 2012, the 49ers signed Bowman to a contract extension that was primed to take him through the 2018 season. He had three years and $23.55 million remaining on that deal. The revised contract will now keep Bowman in San Francisco via 2022. The deal is reportedly a four-year contract extension worth $44 million ($20 million guaranteed).

Since entering the NFL as a third-round pick (No. 91) in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bowman has been a one-man wrecking crew, ranking 3rd in the NFL in solo tackles since becoming the full-time starter in 2011. In 2015, Bowman paced all NFL players in tackles with 154, and is on par to have an even better season this time around.

What did Bowman have to say about his new deal? Watch my twitter video below as he had this to say about his ‘heart’ being in San Francisco:

Bowman went on to say say that he took less money when ILB Patrick Willis was on the roster due to wanting to earn his stripes, as Willis was the unquestioned leader at the time. Now, Bowman is the heart and soul of the team’s defense and the entire NFL knows it.

In six seasons in the NFL, Bowman has recorded 636 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.


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