The 49ers are ready to move on from defensive end Solomon Thomas ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
According to ProFootballTalk, which cited an unidentified league source, San Francisco is shopping the third overall pick out of the 2017 draft after just two seasons. Thomas hasn’t made nearly as big of an impact as many expected, recording just four sacks.
If San Francisco does trade Thomas, it could mean they will select a defensive end (Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams or Kentucky’s Josh Allen) with its No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. The rumor fuels recent speculation that the 49ers will take Bosa with their first pick.
Thomas did have a strong rookie season with 41 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery in 14 games, but his performance dropped off last season.
The 49ers acquired defensive end Dee Ford in a trade with the Chiefs earlier this offseason, and they also have defensive tackles Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.
General manager John Lynch said earlier this week that the 49ers would like to have depth up front, and that both Armstead and Thomas would benefit from a more aggressive style under first-year defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
“We think that really lends to both Arik and Solomon in what they do and what they need to do to be successful.” Lynch said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “Like I said, we want to come at people in waves. Both of those guys, I think, are very good players that we’re very excited about for this season, in this kind of new tweaked style that we’re going to be implementing.”
Thomas, 23, has two years left on his contract with a player option for 2021. The Chronicle notes the 49ers could have a difficult time getting much value for Thomas in a trade as he will be paid a combined $7.3 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.