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49ers sign Brandon Thomas as rookie minicamp opens

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Over the last couple of years, the 49ers have had extra draft picks picks gleaned from trades or the compensatory system and they’ve used that largesse to take players recovering from serious injuries in the hope that they can recover in time to help in their second seasons and beyond.

Offensive lineman Brandon Thomas was this year’s prime redshirt candidate and remains so after signing his four-year rookie deal on Friday.

Thomas, who played left tackle at Clemson and is expected to move inside as a pro, tore his ACL during a pre-draft workout and is likely to miss the entire season as he recovers from the injury. That shouldn’t be much of a problem for the 49ers, though.

The 49ers have starting guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone back along with veteran reserve Adam Snyder this season. Iupati is set to be a free agent after the season, however, and Thomas could be a candidate to replace him if he moves on.

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6 Responses to “49ers sign Brandon Thomas as rookie minicamp opens”
  1. robert831 says: May 23, 2014 4:38 PM

    Iupati isn’t going anywhere. He is too good to let go. Next year Thomas will be competing with Boone for his spot. 49ers depth is awesome.. here come the Seattle haters.. wait for it.

  2. mexxx27 says: May 23, 2014 4:51 PM

    He’s going to love Santa Clara.
    Dry, dusty and in a drought.
    A lot like their trophy case.

  3. bhlobos says: May 23, 2014 4:55 PM

    Ummm… Seahawks fan here, Robert… why would we hate on that? It’s a smart move. When teams are as deep as ours, finding a “red-shirt” player for the future is a smart move.

  4. sonoco says: May 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    I doubt we’ll be able to keep Iupati unless we want to pay him $6-8 million per year as top dollar OG’s are getting Taking Thomas was a brilliant hedge. And @Mexxx27, the 49ers Superbowl trophy’s have resided in Santa Clara since they moved their training facility there in 1988.

  5. robert831 says: May 23, 2014 10:14 PM

    @bhlobos -What exactly did I hate on? I think the 49ers made a great move pick this young man. I’m just so sick of you Seahawks fans hating on everything, talking dynasty this & that, we are the best at everything. I’m a Vikings fan. I had a problem with the Seahawks till you won and became the most arrogant classless winners ever. And to think I want you guys to win over Denver…

  6. bornahawker says: May 23, 2014 10:36 PM

    never forget the acronym stand for; Not For Long.

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