49ers sign NaVorro Bowman to extension

The San Francisco 49ers signed three-time Pro Bowl linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a four-year contract extension. The deal has $20 million guaranteed and averages $11 million per year. He had three years left on his current deal. Now, he's under contract through 2022. "My teammates and coaches have meant so much to me throughout my career and I thank them for helping me become the player I am today," Bowman said."The support I've received from my family and friends throughout my life, especially through the adversity of the past few years, has meant so much to me. I can't wait for the season to start and play in front of the best fans in the NFL." Bowman had 154 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks last season. "Over the last six years, NaVorro has become a cornerstone of our organization and securing his future in the Bay Area was a priority for us," Niners general manager Trent Baalke said. "The perseverance he displayed while overcoming adversity and returning to his All-Pro form provides a great example of what can be accomplished through hard work and self-belief. This contract extension reaffirms our core philosophy of rewarding our own players and we are thrilled to know NaVorro will play his entire career with the 48ers"  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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