NFL Rumors: New York Jets to Sign Solomon Thomas to One-Year Deal

Coach Robert Saleh continues to bring his former players to the Jets. New York is signing defensive lineman Solomon Thomas to a one-year deal. Thomas was the No. 3 overall pick by the 49ers in 2017 and spent four seasons in San Francisco with Saleh, who was the team's defensive coordinator at the time.

Thomas spent last season with the Las Vegas Raider, recording 34 combined tackles, two forced fumbles, 12 QB hits, and a career-high 3.5 sacks despite having zero starts. 

In 2017 Thomas had a solid rookie season in San Francisco, recording 41 combined tackles, three sacks, and 10 tackles in 14 games with the team. Thomas has shown potential during his short career. However, he played alongside defensive talents like Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, and DeForest Buckner. 

The 49ers declined Thomas' fifth-year option heading into the 2020 campaign, which was the same season Thomas tore his ACL in Week 2 against the Jets.

The Jets have pulled from a familiar pool of talent this offseason. Before the news about Thomas, coach Saleh brought a couple of former players to sign with the Jets. Guard Laken Tomlinson and cornerback D.J. Reed, both former 49ers, were signed this offseason. 

Before the Thomas signing was announced, Brian Costello reported, Saleh spoke to the media on Monday morning and indicated he wanted to bring players that are familiar with his coaching. 

"There's a saying that you want guys who can help you plant the flag in terms of the messaging and all that stuff," Saleh said.

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