The San Francisco 49ers are not interested in signing free-agent safety Earl Thomas.
The San Francisco 49ers have been connected to some pretty notable safeties this offseason, but despite the reported interest — most recently in regards to free-agent Earl Thomas — the 49ers aren’t expected to make any move at the position.
First, there were the rumors that the 49ers could make a blockbuster move for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. While it didn’t make a ton of sense at the time, San Francisco was one of the desired locations listed by the former New York Jets’ defensive back.
In the end, the dots weren’t connected and Adams was eventually shipped to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a massive haul of draft picks.
But Adams hasn’t been the only big-name safety connected to the 49ers. In recent days, the idea that the team could look to sign the recently-released Earl Thomas was floated around.
As reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday, the 49ers were a team to watch in regards to where Thomas would eventually sign. But on Tuesday, that notion was disputed.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked if the team had any interest in signing the three-time All-Pro to which he responded with a confident “no.”
Shanahan elaborated saying “I’m really happy with our safeties. Nothing against Earl, but there wasn’t interest just because we have our team.”
It isn’t surprising that the 49ers aren’t interested in Earl Thomas.
Thomas was released by the Baltimore Ravens last week because of “personal conduct that has adversely affected.” In reality, an argument between Thomas and teammate Chuck Clark prompted his release.
This was coupled with Thomas showing up late for meetings and simply rubbing the organization the wrong way. Throw in the fact that Thomas, at age 31, is far from the player he used to be and the Ravens didn’t hesitate to eat his salary and move on.
As for the 49ers, they seem pretty content with their safety depth — and it’s hard to blame them.
Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward did a great job holding down the position last season and the depth behind them is pretty stout too in Tarvarius Moore and Marcell Harris. That’s not even to mention veteran Johnathan Cyprien who was signed last week.
Don’t expect a partial Legion of Boom reunion in San Francisco anytime soon.