Injured NaVorro Bowman still helping San Francisco 49ers


The San Francisco 49ers woke up Thursday with $2.616 million more in their salary cap room. That’s because NaVorro Bowman restructured his contract.

According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the 49ers turned $3.27 million of the injured linebacker’s 2014 salary into a signing bonus that can be dolled out over the course of Bowman’s career. Because of that, Bowman’s salary cap for 2014 has dropped from $7.05 million to $4.434 million.

With seven of their 12 draft picks signed, the 49ers are now $2.873 million under the salary cap.

Bowman’s salary cap figure for future seasons rises from $7.75 million to $8.404 In 2015, from $8.9 million to $9.554 in 2016, $8.3 million to $8.954 million in 2017, and $9.45 million to $10.104 million in 2018.

Bowman is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to miss a good portion of the 2014 season.

Because of his contract restructuring, he could have a better team around him when he returns.

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