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Navorro Bowman signs 5 yr Extension

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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:07 PM

Navorro Bowman signs 5 yr Extension 


More details to come, certainly, but there is news that the 49ers have reached an agreement with Navorro Bowman on a 5 year extension, ensuring that they have the combination of Willis and Bowman in the middle for years to come.


Bowman was previously signed through next season (2013), with a base salary of $540,000 this year and $575,000 next year. This deal would appear to be added on to that, as opposed to tearing up his contract and giving him a new deal. The 49ers have limited cap space this year, so once this deal does get worked out, it will be interesting to see how exactly they worked around their limited means at the moment. The 49ers front office has proven quite adept at working out solid contracts, so I have plenty of faith in them.


According to various reports on twitter, it is worth $45.25 million, with $25.5 million guaranteed.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:10 PM

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Credit goes to Albert Breer on the contract numbers.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:12 PM

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I should add that these numbers do mean that changes will need to be made in the off-season. As it stands, they could have trouble re-signing other key free agents, like Goldson, unless they get rid of some other big contracts. I'm sure speculation will escalate that this could mean that Alex Smith is gone to free up some of that cap room.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:20 PM

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excellent move either way though. no doubt we'll need to be creative and continue to draft well.

but i can't be anything but happy about this. great job by balke and company for being proactive in getting this done. i wish we had goldson locked up too. too bad we hadn't signed him to that 5 year $25 million deal he was rumoured to be seeking a couple of years ago. that is one of my biggest concerns: re-signing him. he's not completely irreplaceable but he's incredibly valuable and perhaps still underappreciated.

"You are either getting better or you are getting worse; you never stay the same."

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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:27 PM

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good job by the front office getting this done.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:29 PM

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This is great news, Willis and Bowman for years to come. I'm not sure this has much, if any impact on Goldson. I doubt he comes to an agreement this off-season after failing to reach a new deal last off-season. Seems the best thing to do is use the franchise tag a second year and then part ways. A 10% increase in salary would put him at about 7.45 million. That's a good chunk of change but he will be playing for a mega deal so I wouldn't think too hard about using the tag again on him. If Goldson and the 49ers can reach a deal I will be pleasantly surprised, but I'm not holding my breath. If he is tagged one more season, he would leave right when Bowman's new deal kicks in.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:35 PM

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Correction already. $7.5 million is guaranteed. The $25.5 million figure is actually only guaranteed for injury. (per Pro Football Talk).  I'd like to see more details around this. $25.5 million seemed high. $7.5 million seems low.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:57 PM

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$25.5 million against injury and $7.5 million fully guaranteed sounds like insurance for each side. Bowman is covered against catastrophic injury, the 49ers are covered against massive, non-injury-related performance drop-off.

It seems like an unusual structure, but maybe it's more common than I know.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:20 PM

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$7.5 million fully guaranteed on a $45.25 million contract definitely seems low. Just as a comparison, James Laurianitis signed a 5 year deal at the start of the year, and it was for $41.5 million, with $23.5 million guaranteed ($16.5 million fully guaranteed). I think the $25.5 million fully guaranteed sounded high. I think $25.5 million in guarantees (i.e., including roster bonuses that require that he play in that season), with maybe $18 million fully guaranteed sounds more realistic given the template.

Maybe the $7.5 million is simply his signing bonus? He does have one more year under his original deal prior to the extension kicking in, so that could be what's causing some confusion.

I'm sure we'll hear the full details soon enough.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:23 PM

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This has to be such a bummer for the rest of the NFC West.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:27 PM

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I think part of the "seems low" is that the niners got this done a year and a half before he'd taste FA.  In such situations, the team has most of the leverage.  Also, I'm glad they didn't break up their payroll structure to pay Bowman, as I didn't think he would get more than Patrick Willis got.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:39 PM

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On another note, the 49ers have now locked up three of their four starting linebackers long-term: Ahmad Books, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. In addition, they've locked up long-term two of the three players I'd consider conerstone superstars: Willis, Bowman and Aldon Smith. And, I guess, realistically, Aldon Smith is also locked up for a few years, which is about as much time horizon as teams should be looking at, in general.

Justin Smith would qualify on talent, I'm just not sure that his age lends itself to considering him a foundational player long-term. He's playing near his best football ever (I'd say last year was his finest), but how many more years can we expect before he begins to decline? I'm not certain. If he were 26, I'd want him locked up to a five year extension, too. tongue

Beyond those three (Willis, Bowman and A. Smith), the players I consider the next step down in importance long-term are Brooks, Goldson and Culliver. Brooks, of course, has been extended. Goldson, I'm not sure he and the 49ers will come to an accord over his value.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:56 PM

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I agree with something Tom Jackson said: Football teams should be built front to back.  I like Goldson, and think he's having his finest year in the NFL this year.  I didn't think he should have made the pro-bowl last year, but this year, I've noticed a big improvement in his play.  If the niners don't tag him (and I really don't see how they have the cap room for that) he'll get paid big $$$ someplace else.  I think the higher priority is to have the money to pay the big guys up front. I would love to tag Goldson, keep him a year, spend the first round pick on a safety, I would love to get Matt Elam or Eric Reid, develope that guy a year, and then let Goldson walk.  However, I don't think that's how its going to play out. 

As Minstrel is fond of saying, you can't keep everyone together forever, nor is it desirable to.  I think the priority for the niners right now is keeping Sopo, if that's possible.  He's the guy who gobbles up blockers at the line of scrimmage and allows so much of what the niners do to happen.  He's also a guy who has more value to the niners (who run a 3-4) than to a lot of other teams, (who run 4-3).  There aren't many other teams, that I can think of, who run the 3-4 defense and have a huge need at NT.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:06 PM

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soda wrote: I think part of the "seems low" is that the niners got this done a year and a half before he'd taste FA.  In such situations, the team has most of the leverage.  Also, I'm glad they didn't break up their payroll structure to pay Bowman, as I didn't think he would get more than Patrick Willis got.
No, it was low. And now that Mike Florio has confirmed the details, it makes more sense. The $25.5 million is guaranteed for 'injury' now, but they are actually reflective of yearly guarantees in the deal, so it's effectively $25.5 million guaranteed.

Here is how it works out:



Per a league source, the deal that Bowman accepted includes less than $8 million in fully-guaranteed money, via a $7.5 million signing bonus and the balance of his $540,000 base salary for 2012.  But the deal contains millions more in salary guaranteed for injury only, for now.

In 2013, a $4 million option bonus is due to Bowman; it’s fully guaranteed for now.  Ditto for Bowman’s $630,000 base salary in 2013.  The salary becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2013 league year.

In 2014, Bowman has a $4 million base salary, which is guaranted for injury, for now.  It becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2014 league year.  He also can earn per-game active roster bonuses that total, if all earned, $750,000.

In 2015, Bowman’s base salary is $4.7 million.  Again, it’s guaranteed for now for injury only.  It becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2015 league year.  Bowman also has the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

In 2016, the base salary is $5.85 million.  $4.17 million of it is guaranteed for injury only for now; it becomes fully guaranteed at the start of the 2016 league year.  Bowman once again has the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

In 2017, Bowman’s base salary is $6.75 million, non-guaranteed, with the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.

In 2018, the salary pushes to $8.7 million, with the per-game roster bonuses that total $750,000.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:33 PM

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soda wrote: As Minstrel is fond of saying, you can't keep everyone together forever, nor is it desirable to.  I think the priority for the niners right now is keeping Sopo, if that's possible.  He's the guy who gobbles up blockers at the line of scrimmage and allows so much of what the niners do to happen.  He's also a guy who has more value to the niners (who run a 3-4) than to a lot of other teams, (who run 4-3).  There aren't many other teams, that I can think of, who run the 3-4 defense and have a huge need at NT.

That's interesting. Sopoaga is the coming free agent that I feel the 49ers could afford to let walk. That doesn't mean I don't value him...as you said I said tongue: your goal can't be to keep everyone together. Even players who have value, you have to be willing to let go when they get expensive, unless they're extremely hard to replace, and find new guys at a lower price (either through the draft or savvy free agent finds).

Sopoaga was a monster last year, but I think it may well have been a career year and he's dropped off from that level this year. He's still above average, but I think he's the sort of player you let go if he proves to be expensive to keep and the 49ers have a reasonable replacement in Ricky Jean-Francois. It would be a somewhat similar decision to letting Aubreyo Franklin go and replacing him with Sopoaga. Obviously, I'm not the judge of talent that Harbaugh and Baalke are, so if they think the downgrade is actually too great, so be it.

I don't know that RJF is just as good as Sopoaga...quite possibly not. But some hard decisions have to be made. I think spending to keep your elite players makes sense, but that means that some of your solid-but-not-star players need to be set free and if you draft well, you replace them with the next wave. I think you could still generate good results using RJF and then you'd need to work on picking up more depth on the defensive line in the coming off-season.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 3:57 PM

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I'm not sold on Sopoaga, either. His struggles this year have been noted, and I think some of the challenges Willis and Bowman have had at times are because of Sopoaga's slight drop in his production. I've noted in the draft thread that I think the focus of the 49ers in this upcoming draft, given the number of quality DT, is to upgrade that position. The way Fangio has run the 3/4 this year, where they've brought Aldon up on the line in a rush formation more frequently, I think they can get away with having a less stout (physically) but solid run stopper on the interior.

The top DT in the draft, btw, include guys like:

- Star Lotulelei
- Jonathan Hankins
- Sylvester Williams
- Jonathan Jenkins
- Sheldon Richardson
- Kawann Short
- Jesse Williams
- Sharriff Floyd
- Akeem Spence

Lotulelei and Hankins are pretty much out of reach. Richardson and Floyd are more 3/4 DE, although probably talented enough to consider as future Justin Smith replacements to take in the 1st (Richardson goes to Smith's alma mater, Missouri). The guys that interest me the most are Williams, Jenkins, and Short. I tend to think Williams may be out of reach based on how he's played of late. Jenkins could be, too, simply due to his size, but his 'conditioning' and Senior circuit workouts will play a big part in how he grades out. Short might be the most likely guy to be around at the spot. He has a build that's reminiscent of Aubrayo Franklin, but he's 2-3 inches taller with more room to add bulk (he's listed between 315 and 325).

RJF is an option, too, but I don't know that he's really a line controller. I haven't watched for him enough to really evaluate his performances, though, so.. who knows.. maybe Fangio and Tomsula know something we all don't. Barrows and others have insinuated that to be the case.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 4:19 PM

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Well according to Ninerscaphell, 2013 looks to set up nicely for us. We look to be about 20 million under the cap before decisions on Alex Smith or extensions with Goldson or Walker.

I've got to say I like where we are right now. Paraage Marathe probably deserves a raise.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 4:46 PM

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I'm not sure how you draw that conclusion. According the Ninerscaphell, hey had $119 million committed to the cap for 2013 before the Bowman signing. The projected cap is around $120-121 million. I'm not sure if they will still qualify for credits if they accelerate any of Bowman's signing bonus into the final 2012 numbers, so that means they have almost no room left under the cap as the roster stands.

There are players that will inevitably be waived, etc., but right now, they definitely have decisions to make. As noted, the money owed to Bowman next year could mean they move Alex Smith, don't pick up his option, or restructure if they get him to agree to be a backup. Dashon Goldson's potential $7.5 million as a franchise guy could force their hand on Alex, too.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 5:08 PM

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Minstrel wrote:
the 49ers have a reasonable replacement in Ricky Jean-Francois. It would be a somewhat similar decision to letting Aubreyo Franklin go and replacing him with Sopoaga.
Just double-checked, but RJF is a FA at the end of this year, too. If they choose to keep RJF, they'll need to re-sign him, as well. The other option they have is Ian Williams, who none of us really know much about as he's not played in any games since training camp.
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Posted: 11/27/2012 6:19 PM

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You're right. Read something wrong with respect to the overall cap number. That being said, I still think we are relatively better off than it may seem. I don't think Alex Smith will be with us next year which is heartbreaking in my opinion but alas these things happen.

The Goldson, Sopoaga and Walker decisions should signal some draft directions. I think they will address DT, TE and S with respect to which decisions we make.

The priority in my mind seems to be Goldson, then Walker then Sopoaga with that NT draft depth. With the number of draft choices we have, it wouldn't surprise me to see us go get someone and have less players in the draft overall. I trust Baalke and Co to draft well and replace as needed.
pudding wrote: I'm not sure how you draw that conclusion. According the Ninerscaphell, hey had $119 million committed to the cap for 2013 before the Bowman signing. The projected cap is around $120-121 million. I'm not sure if they will still qualify for credits if they accelerate any of Bowman's signing bonus into the final 2012 numbers, so that means they have almost no room left under the cap as the roster stands.

There are players that will inevitably be waived, etc., but right now, they definitely have decisions to make. As noted, the money owed to Bowman next year could mean they move Alex Smith, don't pick up his option, or restructure if they get him to agree to be a backup. Dashon Goldson's potential $7.5 million as a franchise guy could force their hand on Alex, too.
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