On Friday afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the San Francisco 49ers were fielding offers for veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Foster was drafted with the 31st pick in the first round out of Alabama.
The eight-year veteran has played in all five games for the 49ers this year, tallying 22 total tackles. He's certainly still capable of being a defensive contributor and could see a boost in production if he lands on a team that gives him more field time.
A four-time first-team All-Pro, Bowman will forever be a part of 49ers folklore having been a key member of the team that went to three successive NFC championship games and Super Bowl XLVII while also scoring the final touchdown at Candlestick Park with his pick-six of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in 2013.
"Thursday evening, (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", Lynch said in a prepared statement.
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.
NaVorro Bowman can still play at a high level, and one lucky team is going to get him for the rest of the year. With the injured Malcolm Smith tied to a long-term deal, this is a move that makes flawless sense for a rebuilding team, even if it will sting considerably from a purely emotional standpoint.
After making a successful return in 2015, including being named to the All-Pro first team, Bowman appeared in four games last season before tearing his Achilles tendon against the Dallas Cowboys. The team is shopping star LB NaVorro Bowman.