Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
We break down the news that the 49ers have signed NaVorro Bowman to a contract extension.
Fooch's Update: Albert Breer tweeted out some details
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman's new deal is worth $45.25 million in new money over its five years. $25.5 million of that is guaranteed.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 27, 2012
The news just keeps on coming in today! Thankfully this time we've got some great news courtesy of Adam Schefter and the 49ers. Schefter initially reported that the 49ers were close to reaching an agreement on a five year extension with All Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. According to Schefter, the deal would keep Bowman in town through 2018. The 49ers have now confirmed that information. According to Matt Maiocco, Drew Rosenhaus approached the 49ers a couple weeks ago but there had not been initial progress. That obviously changed quickly.
Bowman was previously signed through next season (2013), with a base salary of $540,000 this year and $575,000 next year. This deal would appear to be added on to that, as opposed to tearing up his contract and giving him a new deal. The 49ers have limited cap space this year, so once this deal does get worked out, it will be interesting to see how exactly they worked around their limited means at the moment. The 49ers front office has proven quite adept at working out solid contracts, so I have plenty of faith in them.
This is of course is phenomenal news, as it means the 49ers will have their pair of All Pro linebackers sticking together for years to come. Last I checked, Patrick Willis is signed through 2016. The team has already re-worked his deal at least once to clear up cap room next year. He took a big boost in pay this year so the team could have a decreased cap number next season.
One note that was added just before publishing this: All four 49ers linebackers are now signed through at least 2015. That is just filthy!