The San Francisco 49ers decided to release a locker room leader on Friday, parting ways with linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The news came as a surprise, but given his potential upcoming decrease in playing time, maybe it was not quite so shocking.
That being said, it caught players off guard when head coach Kyle Shanahan announced the news to the team prior to practice on Friday. I imagine plenty are still soaking it in, but we have some early reactions to the news. We had veterans like Joe Staley and Daniel Kilgore talking about all the time they spent together. We also had rookies like Reuben Foster talking about what they learned from him.
We’ll keep an eye out for more reactions, but here are a few of them in video and tweet form.
49ers Brian Hoyer: Everyone has utmost respect for Bo but we also have utmost respect for Kyle & John & what they’re looking for in building— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 13, 2017