NFL Draft: 49ers options to replace NaVorro Bowman at inside linebacker

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It is also worth noting that before ultimately being released by the aforementioned 49ers, Bowman was almost traded by San Francisco to the New Orleans Saints.

"NaVorro gave his heart and soul to this team for the last eight years, and for that we are all extremely grateful", 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a press release.

Less than 24 hours after the 49ers released their long-time middle linebacker, NaVorro Bowman, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport has learned that the Raiders and Bowman have "strong mutual interest" in making a deal happen.

The 49ers sought a trade partner for the three-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker prior to cutting him on Friday.

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The 29-year-old linebacker also suffered an Achilles injury last season, so he may no longer be as great as he once was, but he was still leading his team in total tackles this season after five games.

Hikutini (6-4, 247) signed with San Francisco after the National Football League draft in May.

"Lots of teams [are] trying to sign" Bowman now that he's a free agent, according to one source, and it will take "a few days" for him to make a decision.

Bowman earned first-team All-Pro honours four times in his career, achieving it from 2011-13 and then again in 2015 after coming back from a devastating knee injury.