It was clear that the 49ers were going to pass on Thomas’ option, considering that he hasn’t come close to living up to his draft status.
The fifth-year option was guaranteed for injury only and wouldn’t have prevented them from negotiating a contract extension in the coming months. It was projected to cost them $10,089,000 for the 2021 season.
Thomas, 24, was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 49ers traded down from the No. 2 pick to select Thomas, who is in the final year of a four-year, $28.15 million deal.
In 2019, Thomas appeared in all sixteen games for the 49ers recording 21 tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss.