There were rumors dating back to May that the 49ers were willing to trade Bowman but the team quickly shot them down publicly.
Michael Lombardi of TheRinger first mentioned on the “GM Street” podcast that the 49ers had made it known that Bowman was available for trade.
“They are definitely doing that,” Lombardi said. “They’ve made it know that if you want him, he’s healthy, that they’ll be willing to move (him).
“Whenever there is a new coaching staff – and this is an Al Davisism — whenever there is a new coaching staff, you have to always know that the teams that hire new coaches are going to get rid of players because they want different players.”
“Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are going to clear out that roster. Bowman is a guy who’s been a leader in the locker room. He’s been part of the team. He had a really good relationship with the old general manager, Trent Baalke, so I think that’s a message they’d send to the locker room that he’s no longer in control any more. He’s available if you want him.”
“I don’t know who’s going to pay him $9.5 million coming off all the injuries that he’s had, but you can have him,” Lombardi said. “I think that ultimately, you have to make that decision, and I don’t think it’ll be a lot. I think the 49ers will get rid of him for very little.”
San Fransico used a first-round pick on Reuben Foster, so it’s not surprising that they would see what’s available for Bowman, especially given that they’re still in the process of rebuilding.
Bowman, 29, is a former third-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He’s currently in the second year of his seven-year, $77 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $6.75 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Bowman would free up $9,450,000 of available cap space while creating $2.544 million in dead money.
It’s worth mentioning that Bowman is still working his way back from a season-ending Achilles tear he suffered last year.
In 2017, Bowman has appeared in five games for the 49ers and recorded 38 tackles, no sacks or interceptions and one pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 63 linebacker out of 86 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential Bowman trade as the news is available.