The San Francisco 49ers will give their most-feared linebacking tandem another few good shots at the playoffs after the team announced that they had agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with NaVorro Bowman earlier Tuesday.
The 24-year-odl NaVorro Bowman is signed through 2018 season — on a $45.25 million contract, with $25.5 million in guaranteed money.
“Any time you get a chance to get a deal done and it sounds great and everybody’s comfortable with it, why not?” said NaVorro Bowman. “It shows the trust the organization has in me.”
The former third-round draft pick out of Penn State NaVorro Bowman, showed great potential in his rookie season amassing 20 special-teams tackles to rank third amongst all NFL rookies in the 2010-2011 season. In his second-year at the starting inside linebacker spot, NaVorro Bowman has stepped-up with 100 tackles, two sacks and one interception through 11 games this season. And, NaVorro Bowman also earned his first Pro Bowl as well as All-Pro spot last season.
NaVorro Bowman may not be beating the drum, but anyone inside the organization will acknowledge that his improved play since last season has perhaps been the biggest factor in the (8-2-1) NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers’ rise to playoff contention in Jim Harbaugh’s first year of coaching following an eight-year gap.
The San Francisco 49ers’ efficiency against the run has also drastically risen over the past two season, and NaVorro Bowman can again be credited for this accomplishment. The San Francisco 49ers currently rank fourth against the run and second in overall defense.
“NaVorro epitomizes what we look for in a 49er,” stated San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “We are excited that the All Pro tandem of Willis and Bowman will be together in red and gold for years to come.”
Patrick Willis, the other half the San Francisco 49ers’ top linebacking tandem and NaVorro Bowman’s close friend is excited that the duo can keep terrorizing opposing offenses for another few years. The sixth-year-pro Patrick Willis is signed through 2016.
Apart from NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, the San Francisco 49ers have also two other starting linebackers (Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith) signed through for at least the next three seasons.
“We have a chance to do something really special, with all four linebackers being here for the next three years,” expressed NaVorro Bowman. “We can make a statement for ourselves and leave a legacy for this defense.”
NaVorro Bowman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus stated that his client and the San Francisco 49ers had been “pretty far apart” during the offseason.
“I think only the most proactive teams get it done,” said Drew Rosenhaus. “If you want to keep all your good players, you have to get deals done now. You can’t let guys get to free agency. (But) You can’t keep everybody.”
For NaVorro Bowman and his comrades it’s always been about more than just the paycheck and that probably encouraged the San Francisco 49ers to keep the linebackers together for a potential playoffs run.
“At the end of the day it’s not really about money. We all play this game and we get paid a good amount of money,” said NaVorro Bowman, “but all in all, people remember you for the wins and remember you for the team that you’re a part of.”