The San Francisco 49ers made sure Tuesday that their dominant duo of inside linebackers would be playing in the red and gold for the foreseeable future.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 49ers locked up NaVorro Bowman with a five-year, $45.25 million extension, including $25.5 million in guarantees. Fellow inside linebacker Patrick Willis is signed through the 2016 season.
Bowman, a 2011 All-Pro selection who would have been a free agent after the 2013 season, is now under contract through 2018.
The deal makes Bowman one of the highest paid inside linebackers in football, which does beg the question: Where does Bowman rank among the top players at his position?
In the following slides, we present the top five inside linebackers in the NFL today.