Because they’re being nice to him. Seriously, that’s the only reason.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the 49ers had agreed to the deal that would send Bowman to New Orleans in exchange for a seventh-round pick, but after talking to him they learned he wanted to choose his own team, rather than be traded so they cut him.

Yep. Think of it like a reward for his services. Bowman had been a staple of the team for the last seven years, and a fan favorite. In the end, the 49ers decided it would be better to just cut him and let him become a free agent than possibly deal with ill will while he went to a team he didn’t want to play for.

The good part of this equation is that the Seahawks went into their bye at 3-2 after a big road win over the Rams last week, their first since 2013, and they’re entering a favorable stretch of their schedule with the Giants (away) and Texans (home) up next. But injuries up front on both sides of the ball are cause for some concern. Seattle is banged up at defensive end, with Cliff Avril out indefinitely and Michael Bennett’s status for this week uncertain. And the likely absence of left guard Luke Joeckel for at least one game (and maybe longer) will make life harder on what’s already a challenged offensive line. — Brady Henderson

The Eagles kicked back and relaxed as most of the league toiled over the weekend. A Thursday night win at Carolina has them sitting pretty at 5-1. They’re exceeding expectations and having fun doing it. With three straight home games prior to their bye week, the Eagles are feeling very good about their lot in life at the moment. — Tim McManus

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