Report: 49ers not expected to use fifth-year option on Laken Tomlinson

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It became pretty clear when word surfaced that the 49ers had picked up the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Arik Armstead that they weren’t going to do the same with Laken Tomlinson.

Indeed, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers are not expected to exercise the 2019 option on the offensive guard. The team has until Thursday to make a final decision, and the team can rescind the option before going into effect next year, barring injury.

But Tomlinson would cost the 49ers $9.6 million for the 2019 season, and he has yet to live up to being the 28th overall pick in 2015.

The Lions traded him to the 49ers for a 2019 fifth-round pick. Tomlinson, 26, started 15 games at left guard for the 49ers last season.

9 responses to “Report: 49ers not expected to use fifth-year option on Laken Tomlinson

  1. This kid graduated with a double major in college, and remember that Duke isn’t some slouch school.

    But he never could figure out how to block when he was with Detroit. I was excited when we drafted him, thought it was a smart safe pick.

  2. Not using the fifth year option because he can be signed to a much cheaper contract.

    5th year option for him would be 9.6 million dollars… that’s ALOT more than he is worth.

    He did decent last year, but does NOT deserve to be paid like a top 10 guard.

    Expect him to be extended for half/less than half that figure per year during the season.

  3. Teams do not typically give a 5th round pick (what it cost them) a contract worth 9+ million bucks. He will probably need to test the free agent market next season, unless he plays so well that the team re-signs him, and probably for a lot less than $9 million.

  4. If he plays well this season they can slap an original round tender (1st rd) on him like the Seahawks did with Dion Jordan and pay him much less than the 5th year option. No team is going to give up a 1st.

  5. He was unremarkable during his time in Detroit. You can get that for much cheaper than 9.6 million bones.

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