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NaVorro Bowman to sign with San Francisco 49ers to retire

NaVorro Bowman, 49ers

Another NFL great appears ready to hang up his cleats. Former NFL linebacker NaVorro Bowman will become an active player for one last go-round as a member of the 49ers, though this time it will simply be for the longtime tackling machine to retire with San Francisco.

In addition to the 49ers, Bowman suited up for the Oakland Raiders while his career remained in the Bay Area for its entirety.

“Relationships are going to go up and down all the time,” Bowman told the San Francisco Chronicle, “but you always remember how it was. … The 49ers [are] my home. It’s the place that loved me from the start. So I wanted to come back and retire as a Niner. They welcomed me. I’m glad it happened.”

The 31-year-old Bowman is now a member of the 49ers once again, which comes less than two years after he was released by the once heralded NFC West franchise. Not only that, but his release came as the result of a rocky relationship stemming from a lack of playing time. He last suited up at the NFL level as a member of the Raiders back in 2017-18, though his first six-plus seasons atop the highest threshold came as a member of the 49ers.

Bowman originally made his way to the 49ers as a third round NFL Draft pick in 2010. Of his 99 career regular season appearances, 89 of those appearances came in a 49ers uniform en route to Bowman producing a total of 798 tackles in all as a NFL linebacker.