Salary cap implications of 49ers releasing NaVorro Bowman

Salary cap implications of 49ers releasing NaVorro Bowman

The 49ers decision Friday to release veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman comes just 14 months after he was rewarded with a lucrative, long-term contract extension.

Trent Baalke, the 49ers’ general manager at the time, said he was “thrilled to know” Bowman would play his entire career with the 49ers.

But that contract also likely contributed to the new regime's decision to part ways with Bowman sooner rather than later.

“We took everything into account,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said on Friday. “And having said that, we felt like it was the best decision for us.”

Bowman appeared in just four games with the 49ers last season before sustaining a career-changing torn Achilles. When he came back this season, Bowman did not look like the same player. The 49ers’ coaching staff was beginning to lessen his workload in order to keep him fresh.

After Bowman expressed dissatisfaction with his changing role – publicly and privately – Lynch said the 49ers engaged in trade talks with “a couple teams” before opting to release him.

Here are the financial implications of the 49ers’ decision to part ways with Bowman, based on contract details filed through the NFL Player Assciation:

The 49ers will not have to pay $41.7 million in salary and bonuses he was scheduled to receive over the final five years of his contract.

Bowman was scheduled to earn $6.75 million in base salary this season -- $4.7 million of which was fully guaranteed. The 49ers are charged the full $6.75 million salary, as a cap hold is placed on the non-guaranteed portion of the salary for the termination pay for which Bowman can file.

The 49ers will not have to pay approximately $515,000 this season in per-game roster bonuses.

Before the move, the 49ers had a league-high $62.94 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Next year, Bowman will account for $4.774 million of dead money -- or cap space from previously paid bonuses to a player no longer on the team. An option bonus that would have paid him an additional $3.45 million would have triggered in 2018, so the 49ers are no longer responsible for that amount.

The 49ers will save all $9.45 million of his scheduled 2018 pay, which would have included salary and bonuses.

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision


T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."

Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season


Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

With the 146th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected ...

George Kittle.

The tight end from Iowa had a solid rookie season, racking up 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

On the latest episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell was talking about Kyle Shanahan and Rams head coach Sean McVay. And then, unsolicited, Cosell pivoted the conversation to Kittle.

"You know, I think one player we should mention who I really liked coming out of college -- and I know he fought some injuries last year, but I think that he has a chance to be a really meaningul part of this offense -- and that's George Kittle," Cosell said. "I think George Kittle is a really good tight end who can do a lot of things.

"He can line up and be a really good blocking tight end -- and obviously we know that Kyle's offense does start with the run game. I think he's more athletic than people probably give him credit for.

"I remember studying him coming out of Iowa and looking at some of his combine measureables -- some were superior to those of OJ Howard from Alabama, and I think people would be surprised by that.

"In this offense, he might not catch 80 balls, but he might average 14, 15 yards a catch, and for a tight end, that's pretty darn good."

Kittle had his best game in the season finale, making four catches for 100 yards at the Rams.