49ers are shopping Solomon Thomas

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As the 49ers prepare to add another defensive lineman with a top-five pick, they could be parting ways with the player who arrived via the third overall pick in 2017.

Per a league source, the 49ers are shopping defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

The willingness to part ways with Thomas could be an indication that the 49ers are leaning toward taking pass rusher Nick Bosa. However, it doesn’t rule out Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle who has the skill to move around.

The 49ers have two other first-round defensive linemen: 2015 first-rounder Arik Armstead and 2016 first-rounder DeForest Buckner.

Thomas has two years left on his rookie deal, plus an option year available in 2021. He’s due to earn $3 million this year and $4.33 million in 2020.

After Thomas racked up three sacks in 14 games as a rookie, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh vowed that Thomas has “got a plan” and will be “much improved” as a pass rusher. Thomas responded with one sack in 16 games, and he saw his playing time diminish.

48 responses to “49ers are shopping Solomon Thomas

  1. Thomas is more suited as a 3 technique then an end pass rusher. I think he could be quite good at that but he has obviously been a bust so far.

    His sister did commit suicide last year and it had a huge affect on him so I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a better year in 2019.

  2. Kind of takes the shine off whoever they pick first this time. “We just dug a big hole and now we’ve filled it back in” isn’t the most inspiring development.

  3. If the pick isn’t a 3rd or 4th rd I say keep him and rotate him in to keep our lineman fresh. The front seven has a chance to be up there with the best this year. Keeping the lineman fresh will add to that chance.

  4. Pats will get him for a 5th, coach him up and use him correctly, then let him go when his play improves and get a 3rd round comp pick for him. Belichick makes a lot of guys a lot of money. See one Trent Brown.

  5. This has Patriots written all over it. They will swoop in and offer a mid- to late-round pick and he may or may not be a good player for them. They always seem to do this. They let Flowers walk for a huge contract and then manage to get a bargain on a talented player that didn’t seem to work out in a different scheme. I don’t know Thomas, haven’t watched him play, but if he is competitive and athletic enough they just might kick the tires on him.

  6. It’s amazing how some players transition into being a pro and other’s don’t. Really makes you think the draft is just a crap shoot. Thomas looked like a beast coming out of college—and there is still time for him, Clowney didn’t set it on fire his first 2 years either (although he was injured and did show progression)—being young and based upon potential upside maybe he brings a late 4, probably a 5)

  7. Had a rough season in the wrong spot on the line. Sisters suicide was def tough. While I think he is a good player. We are about to lock down Buckner and Armstead. If traded I hope we get good value and I hope he finds a place to succeed

  8. Im a Bears fan and I remember when the Bears’ trade up to #2 was announced, all the talking heads like Mayock got it WAY wrong. “Wow, the Bears just moved up one spot from 3 to 2, this has to be for Solomon Thomas!” And Im sitting there thinking No, you muppets, they didnt move up to take Solomon effing Thomas, theyre looking for a QB.

  9. You must be careful drafting Alabama players. Too many of them are coached up and out by their senior year and what you see in college is what you get in the NFL. Little to no upside to them. SF needs to get their draft squared away or Lynch and the coach will both be gone.

  10. Well in his defense his sister, who he was very close to, committed suicide at the beginning of last season! I imagine anyone going through something like this would have a decline in their performance!! Here’s to a better season Solomon!!

  11. ch0rn says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    Waitttt a second. Isn’t this the guy the 49ers took after they “Fleeced” the Bears in a trade ?

    They did fleece the Bears. They could have taken him at #2, but took advantage of the Bears panic of not getting Trubisky at #3.

  12. It’s tough to shop a player that the rest of the league views as not being very good. Terrible draft pick by Lynch who fell in love with Thomas because he went to Stanford.

  13. Just shows that nobody really knows how any of these guys are going to turn out. You take the best guy on your board and hope he pans out. Most don’t.

  14. If they have to replace Solomon Thomas with a veteran, such as Ndamukong Suh, they won’t save any money and they may actually have to spend more. You can never have too many defensive linemen, correct?

  15. grogansheroes says:

    April 25, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Pats will get him for a 5th, coach him up and use him correctly, then let him go when his play improves and get a 3rd round comp pick for him. Belichick makes a lot of guys a lot of money. See one Trent Brown.

    Pats don’t have a 5th this year they traded that for Josh Gordon,

  16. Yes, Solomon has been a huge disappointment so far but this has Trent Brown written all over it. Are the 49ers really this stupid? If they take Q or Bosa they then have a chance to finally use Solomon where he plays best, even if he’s just rotating there to keep the bodies fresh, plus he’s still on a rookie deal that costs them very little, and all the emotional trauma from his sister’s suicide should be further behind him, but instead they will get next to nothing for him, he will go to a team like the Patriots, be used properly and become a stud. How can they not see they are repeating the same blunder they made with Brown?

  17. eastcoast49ersfan says:
    April 25, 2019 at 1:53 pm
    ch0rn says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    Waitttt a second. Isn’t this the guy the 49ers took after they “Fleeced” the Bears in a trade ?

    They did fleece the Bears. They could have taken him at #2, but took advantage of the Bears panic of not getting Trubisky at #3.
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    At least that comment you just wrote made you fell a tad better since your 2 1st round picks ended up being busts.

  18. ch0rn says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    Waitttt a second. Isn’t this the guy the 49ers took after they “Fleeced” the Bears in a trade ?

    They did fleece the Bears. They could have taken him at #2, but took advantage of the Bears panic of not getting Trubisky at #3.
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    THANK YOU!! I was about to say the same thing.

    chorn, you are missing the point….If the Bears had not traded with the 49ers, we would have drafted Solomon Thomas #2, that decision was already made before the Bears trade happened. And had the trade not happened, the Bears would have still been able to draft Trubisky #3, as the 49ers weren’t drafting a QB at that point. So both teams ended up with the same player they would have had the trade not taken place, but the 49ers ended up with two additional third round picks.

  19. vicnocal says:
    April 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm
    Im a Bears fan and I remember when the Bears’ trade up to #2 was announced, all the talking heads like Mayock got it WAY wrong. “Wow, the Bears just moved up one spot from 3 to 2, this has to be for Solomon Thomas!” And Im sitting there thinking No, you muppets, they didnt move up to take Solomon effing Thomas, theyre looking for a QB.
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    You are so smart! Wow! You are amazing!
    Lets talk about you for a while. Fascinating!

  20. sluggerss says:
    April 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    THANK YOU!! I was about to say the same thing.

    chorn, you are missing the point….If the Bears had not traded with the 49ers, we would have drafted Solomon Thomas #2, that decision was already made before the Bears trade happened. And had the trade not happened, the Bears would have still been able to draft Trubisky #3, as the 49ers weren’t drafting a QB at that point. So both teams ended up with the same player they would have had the trade not taken place, but the 49ers ended up with two additional third round picks.
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    Another self-soothing Niners fan. Not one, but TWO 1st round busts. Congrats

  21. charliecharger says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    The 49ers under Eddie DeBartolo used to compete for the super bowl every year. Now they compete for the #1 pick every year. Sad for 49ers’ fans.

    It would be great to have Eddie DeBartolo as the owner again. If that was the case, the Niners would never have to move to a city where their fan base isn’t located, have to play in a stadium with a capacity of $27,000 filled mainly with opponents fans, and be an unwanted tenant to the Rams in a couple years. Oh wait, that’s the Chargers franchise!

  22. “ch0rn says:
    April 25, 2019 at 12:39 pm
    Waitttt a second. Isn’t this the guy the 49ers took after they “Fleeced” the Bears in a trade ?”
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    You could look at it that way but SF was taking Thomas regardless of what the Bears did. SF didn’t go out of their way at all for Thomas. You make it sound like SF did a bunch of last second draft juggling to acquire Thomas. Not at all the case. SF did get extra picks from that deal so they did come out ahead. Just so happens Thomas hasn’t panned out as a solid pick as was hoped.

  23. GSH7 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm
    sluggerss says:
    April 25, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    THANK YOU!! I was about to say the same thing.

    chorn, you are missing the point….If the Bears had not traded with the 49ers, we would have drafted Solomon Thomas #2, that decision was already made before the Bears trade happened. And had the trade not happened, the Bears would have still been able to draft Trubisky #3, as the 49ers weren’t drafting a QB at that point. So both teams ended up with the same player they would have had the trade not taken place, but the 49ers ended up with two additional third round picks.
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    Another self-soothing Niners fan. Not one, but TWO 1st round busts. Congrats

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    I will wear that, they did have two first round busts in that draft. But one has nothing to do with the other. Bottom line, the Bears gave the 49ers two 3rd round picks to move up one spot to draft a player that would have been there had they not made the trade. Both teams drafted the player they would have if the trade didn’t go down, so in essence, the Bears gave the 49ers two 3rd round picks and got nothing in return. That, my friend, is the definition of “being fleeced”.

    Since we are going to bring up the two first round busts the 49ers had in that draft, lets also bring up the 5th round pick they made that year that just set the single season receiving yards record for a TE (George Kittle).

  24. This an admission from Lynch both of the 1st round picks he ever made were busts. Just more dysfunction in San Fran but what else is new. Lynch hasn’t been all that great since arriving in SF. Missing on not one but TWO 1st round picks in the SAME DRAFT is absolutely inexcusable. No excuse to miss on two first round picks, one being a freaking 3rd overall pick. You don’t miss on 3rd overall picks.

  25. The problem here is Clara and Lynch are making multiple draft mistakes and in a holding pattern of a rebuild. Jimmy G was playing at an average level before he went down last season, and about the only thing good on this 9er team is their Dline.

  26. The Bears moved up to the 2nd pick to make sure no other team traded for the San Fran pick to get their QB. Since it looks like nobody else had Thomas graded that high they new they could trade down several spots and still get the person Lynch and Shannahan had at the top of their draft board. I don’t think the Bears got that fleeced at least they got a QB that led them to the playoffs. The 49ers have a still unknown quality at QB and now look to have wasted the #3 pick on a player that few had graded that high leaving a need that has to be filled instead of creating depth, which is how teams win.

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