Who’s got better linebackers than the 49ers? All-Pro NaVorro Bowman inked a five-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep him with the 49ers until the 2018 season. Combined with the contract status of the team’s other linebackers, Aldon Smith (Signed through 2015), Patrick Willis (2016) and Ahmad Brooks (2017), it will be interesting to watch the new group during the final stages of Candlestick Park’s great history and entering the new home of the 49ers in 2014.
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com described the scene at 49ers headquarters as Bowman talked to the media after signing his extension. “The move ensures that Bowman and fellow linebacker and good friend Patrick Willis will be together through at least the 2016 season,” Kurz wrote. “In fact, Willis was among the first people Bowman gave his good news. He just couldn’t keep the secret any longer.”
Tuesday was also a noteworthy day for bad reasons, as Kendall Hunter and Kyle Williams were placed on the season-ending Injured Reserved list. Read up on all the latest 49ers new after the jump.
Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Bowman wanted to keep playing alongside Willis for years to come.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee relayed comments from Bowman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus on the contract.
Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group passed along a transcript of Rosenhaus’ meeting with the media.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com examined the 49ers and their salary cap situation going forward.
Brown also detailed the player movement after Hunter and Williams were placed on IR.
Kroichick discussed the impact of losing Hunter and how it will affect Frank Gore.
Barrows wrote that the 49ers have talented players ready to fill the voids left by Hunter and Williams.
Barrows also noted that the 49ers currently have just 52 players on their 53-man roster.
Kurz wrote about the possibilities the 49ers have on offense without Hunter and Williams.
Steve Palazzolo of ProFootballFocus.com made a statistical analysis of the 49ers-Saints matchup in Week 12.
Sando pointed out a smart offensive coaching decision which led to a big gain for the 49ers vs. New Orleans.
Sando looked back in NFL history to try and find a similar situation to the one between Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith.
Brown spoke to Gore and Donte Whitner about the team’s support of both quarterbacks in the locker room.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle took a historic look back to Jim Harbaugh’s coaching career and how he’s dealt with quarterbacks.
49ers.com offered complete coverage of Bowman’s extension (video/story/photos/press release), discussed the key injuries and how the 49ers are poised to overcome them, and encouraged the Faithful Fans to vote for the 49ers to reach the 2013 Pro Bowl.
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