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Solomon Thomas signs rookie contract with 49ers

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Niners general manager John Lynch said Thursday that he was "concerned" about the state of negotiations with first-round pick Solomon Thomas.

Not anymore.

San Francisco on Friday signed the defensive end out of Stanford just in time for the team's first training camp practice:

The third-overall pick in the draft, Thomas is expected to produce right away for a Niners defense packed with intriguing talent up front. The rookie will pad a line already stocked with a pair of massive behemoths in Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.

Thomas couldn't join the Niners for minicamp because of Stanford's final exam schedule, but he spent part of his first NFL offseason working with former Pro Bowl pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.

"He taught me some crazy stuff," Thomas said, per The Sporting News. "His technique is amazing. I was trying to take it all in."

At 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds, Thomas gives San Francisco a powerful run-stuffer who can also wreak havoc in the pocket. An unusual athlete, he's a strong bet to create chaos right away.

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