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49ers release All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman

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The San Francisco 49ers have released linebacker NaVorro Bowman in a move that cut ties with one of the few remaining links from the team's last run of success.
    
General manager John Lynch said he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Bowman on Thursday night and it became clear that going in different directions was the best move for both sides. San Francisco then released Bowman on Friday.
    
Bowman originally joined the 49ers as a third-round pick in 2010 and quickly formed one of the league's best linebacking duos with Patrick Willis. The two were key to San Francisco's run of three straight trips to the NFC title game and one Super Bowl appearance.
    
But the 49ers (0-5) are rebuilding now after winning just seven games the past two seasons and want to commit to younger players.

The team released this statement:

"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are extremely grateful," said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. "During that time, NaVorro was a key component of one of the best teams in the League and his p[assion for the game allowed him to quickly become a favorite of our Faithful fans. Thursday evening, Kyle 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. Although NaVorro may be moving on, he will always be looked as one of the great players to wear the red and gold. We wish him and his family great success."
 

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