The San Francisco 49ers released veteran linebacker NaVorrow Bowman on Friday, and the Chicago Bears could be interested in reuniting defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with his former star player.
General manager John Lynch said the team looked into possible trade partners and came close to completing one.
"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful", said Lynch via a statement issued by the team.
"Thursday evening, (49ers head coach) Kyle (Shanahan) and I met with NaVorro, and from our conversation it became evident that going in different directions was best for both him and our team".
It appears that All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman may not be in the Bay Area much longer, at least in red and gold colors. "We wish him and his family great success." . He has made four All-Pro teams along the way, including the year in which he returned from an ACL injury that caused him to miss the entirety of the previous season.
Bowman has posted 37 combined tackles, and one passes defensed in five games played for San Fransisco in 2017.
There was no immediate word on which National Football League teams might be interested in signing the former Lion. In 2016, he started in each of the team's first four games where he registered 35 tackles, two passes defensed, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble before he was placed on the Injured Reserve List on October 6, 2016.
The Niners have been far from that in recent years, going 5-11 in 2015 and then matching the worst record in franchise history last year at 2-14. But when that fell through, the team granted Bowman's request and released him to give him the opportunity to pick his new team.
Shanahan was asked Monday about taking a look at younger players in an effort to build for the future.
Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster is expected to return to the starting lineup soon, possibly as soon as Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.