The San Francisco 49ers have signed linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a five-year extension, according to the team's official Twitter account.
The 49ers tweeted on Tuesday:
Albert Breer of NFL Network tweeted the details of the contract:
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman's new deal is worth $45.25 million in new money over its five years. $25.5 million of that is guaranteed.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 27, 2012
Bowman, who was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft by the 49ers, has gone on to star in San Francisco alongside Patrick Willis. He has racked up 100 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and one interception this season. That is after he posted 143 tackles, two sacks and 11 tackles for loss in just his second NFL season last year.
Bowman has been key to the 49ers defensive unit since emerging last season. Combined with Willis, both players complement each other to form an elite one-two punch in the linebacking corps. The 49ers have allowed 3.6 yards per carry (third in the NFL) and just three rushing touchdowns this season with the 24-year-old as a main cog in the defense. He posted a combined 26 tackles against the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams this month.
This is big news for the 49ers franchise and its fanbase. Bowman's rise has been astronomical, as shown by his All-Pro selection last season. This ensures that the 49ers will have long-term stability at the linebacker position in their attempt to win a Super Bowl.
San Francisco is 8-2-1 this season and is coming off a 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints. The emergence of second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick has appeared to give the offense a boost to go along with its sterling defense. The 49ers are allowing 14.1 points per game this season, tops in the NFL.