49ners resign All Pro Linebacker Navarro Bowman to a 5 year contract extension that will run to 2018 that will pay him 45.25 million dollars and 25.5 million guaranteed. The 49ners resurgence from doormat team to contender started with the help of a great defense that features stars like Patrick Willis Aldon & Justin Smith Navarro Bowman and Dashon Goldson. Bowman is one of the best inside Lb.’s in all of football and only his team mate Patrick Willis can make a claim that he is a better linebacker than Bowman. The 49ners now will have the best LB unit in the NFL locked up for at least the next 5 years. Bowman’s contract and Colin Kapernick emergence means Alex Smith will probably not be back as I think the 49ners will cut him so they can use that money to give Dashon Goldson a contract extension.