"NaVorro epitomizes what we look for in a 49er," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "We are excited that the All Pro tandem of Willis and Bowman will be together in red and gold for years to come."
While Bowman has never been one to set goals for statistics or accolades, anyone around the 49ers will be quick to acknowledge how much his improved play in 2011 meant to the franchise in getting back to the playoffs after an eight-year absence in coach Jim Harbaugh's first year.
Bowman is a big reason San Francisco has been so strong stopping the run the past two years. The 49ers rank No. 2 in total defense this week, fourth against the run.
"It's a good group of linebackers, probably the best in the league," Rogers said. "If not, they're right there at the top."
Willis, for one, is counting on a "super nice" dinner from Bowman.
"A medium-plus steak with probably a lobster tail, so a little surf-n-turf deal, with some good mashed potatoes and some vegetables, yeah," Willis said. "And some ice cream for dessert — vanilla."
Bowman is certain to oblige. Both of these two are more determined to get San Francisco to a Super Bowl than start comparing their paychecks (Willis still earns more).
"At the end of the day it's not really about money," Bowman said. "We all play this game and we get paid a good amount of money, but all in all, people remember you for the wins and remember you for the team that you're a part of."
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