The San Francisco 49ers are on the verge of locking up one of their core defensive players.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman is close to signing a five-year extension, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, a deal that will keep him in place through the 2018 season. Schefter expects the deal to be done in the next day or so.
The 49ers signed Patrick Willis to a $53.5 million, seven-year deal in 2010, a contract that included $29 million guaranteed. It’s unknown how big the windfall will be for Bowman, who pairs with Willis to give the 49ers one of the best tandems at the position in the NFL.
Bowman is in the third year of his rookie contract and is earning $540,000 this season. He is scheduled to earn $575,000 next season and it sounds like he will soon be earning much, much more than that.
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