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Dolphins poaching Michael Thomas off 49ers practice squad

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With the season drawing to a close, even teams in the playoff hunt are thinking about the future.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the Dolphins are poaching safety Michael Thomas off the 49ers practice squad.

The 49ers had given Thomas a raise over the practice squad minimum recently, but couldn’t offer a spot on a 53-man roster, which the Dolphins did.

Thomas, who can also play nickel cornerback, played at Stanford under 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

It might be a move of short-term expedience for Thomas, as the 49ers could need depth there. Donte Whitner’s a free agent after the season, and Eric Reid has suffered a pair of concussions already. Otherwise, their safeties are primarily special teamers,

The 49ers have been able to talk practice squaders out of leaving before, hanging onto players such as guard Al Netter.

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13 Responses to “Dolphins poaching Michael Thomas off 49ers practice squad”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 10, 2013 1:10 PM


  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 10, 2013 1:12 PM

    If you didn’t win the SB this year, then why weren’t you active at poaching players LAST YEAR!!??

    Something to think about now for teams in 2014 that turn out to be short of good players. Use THIS time now to figure out if you need more prospects.

  3. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:30 PM

    Pick those Whiners dry Dolphins.

    BJ Daniels is sitting pretty on Seattle’s practice squad. He knows how to pick a winner too.

  4. thegrigga49 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:31 PM

    I think we had big plans for Thomas, Miami is lucky to be getting him. I would have rather of lost Craig Dahl than Thomas. Good luck in Miami 36

  5. osoviejo says: Dec 10, 2013 1:46 PM

    Ricardo Lockette is a funny-looking Niner. Or “hanging onto” doesn’t mean what I think it means.

  6. 1uniquename says: Dec 10, 2013 1:48 PM

    My 49er friend that works with me claims this guy is pretty good and probably could contribute on most teams right away. He could eventually become a solid special teamer and backup safety if not a starting safety for the Dolphins with a little coaching. Too bad the Dolphins lack in both player development and talent evaluation, they’ll probably ruin this guys career =/

  7. slugbaitspace says: Dec 10, 2013 2:01 PM

    “The 49ers have been able to talk practice squaders out of leaving before, hanging onto players such as wide receiver Ricardo Lockette…”

    …who replaced Sidney Rice on the active 53 and is currently catching balls from Russell Wilson on Sundays.

  8. miami4ever says: Dec 10, 2013 2:13 PM

    1uniquename says: The Dolphins do just fine in player development and talent evaluation. That’s the reason they scooped him off the 49’ers practice squad. GO PHINS!!!!

  9. kidsamoa260 says: Dec 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    As compensation the dolphins sent Kaepernick another hat.

  10. carolinakitten says: Dec 10, 2013 4:44 PM

    Haha that was pretty funny!

  11. joemontanafan says: Dec 10, 2013 10:19 PM

    @ birdofprey- still with the whiners garbage? I don’t suppose you saw Richard Sherman blaming oh I’m sorry Whining about how they only lost because of the refs? Is that the only thing you lames can come up with cause it rhymes with 9ers? Man it must suck to be you!!

  12. joemontanafan says: Dec 10, 2013 10:21 PM

    @slugbaitspace- I don’t think Sydney Rice is catching anything right now. He’s injured!!

  13. omeimontis says: Dec 10, 2013 11:03 PM

    It is not easy to crack the 49er starting lineup. The easy way out is for a player to play for another team.

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