General manager John Lynch said the team looked into possible trade partners and came close to completing one. But when that fell through, Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan granted Bowman's request and released him to give him the opportunity to pick his new team.
"We tried to do what was best for him also and the team and give him a chance to move on," Shanahan said. "We thought we had those trade partners, but I think he was a little bit more interested in keeping it open for himself to be able to pick what team he wanted."
Bowman originally joined the 49ers as a third-round pick in 2010 and quickly formed one of the league's best linebacking duos with
The only players remaining in San Francisco who played in that Super Bowl following the 2012 season are left tackle
"He's given his heart and soul for this organization," Lynch said. "I know he's a fan favorite. So, this isn't going to be easy for the fans, but Kyle and I felt like it was in the best interest of our team and so we've acted accordingly."
Bowman earned first team All-Pro honors four times in his career, achieving it from 2011-13 and then again in 2015 after coming back from a devastating knee injury. Bowman then tore his Achilles tendon early last season and missed most of the year before coming back again this year.
In 89 career games, Bowman has 808 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks, four interceptions, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 28 passes defensed. Bowman led the team in tackles four times in the past six years.
Elliott to appeal
One day after having his preliminary injunction thrown out and his case ordered to be dismissed by a three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Elliott informed a New York judge that he plans to file a petition for a rehearing before the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Elliott, the NFL's rushing champion as a rookie, has played in the first five games for the 2-3 Cowboys. He leads the team with 393 rushing yards, averaging 3.7 a carry. Dallas has a bye this week.
No Cruz back to N.Y.
Coach Ben McAdoo also indefinitely suspended veteran cornerback
But despite the Giants’ shortage of receivers,
"Can you imagine, if I get a phone call from the New York Giants and I go back out there wearing the number 80 in blue and I get in that end zone one more time?" Cruz told Newsday. "Do you understand? I can already hear the deafening screams from the crowd."