The 49ers entered Day 2 of the draft shopping tight end Vance McDonald for a potential trade, according to former NFL executive Michael Lombardi of The Ringer.
McDonald, a 2013 second-round pick, received a three-year contract extension ($9 million guaranteed) in December from outgoing general manager Trent Baalke. McDonald has seven touchdowns through four injury-plagued seasons.
Another veteran tight end was to hit the market Friday when the Cleveland Browns said they were releasing tight end Gary Barnidge. The 49ers have the first right to claim Barnidge off waivers.
Shanahan, who’s surrounded himself with former coaches and players from his previous stops, was the Browns offensive coordinator in 2014. Barnidge set career highs the following season with 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns.
— Linebacker Reuben Foster disputed a USA Today report that he might need a follow-up surgery on his shoulder, which he predicted would be cleared for training camp contact. “I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”
— Among those to send Solomon Thomas a congratulatory text was Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Thomas has considered Suh a mentor since meeting him at a Nike youth camp in 2014, when “he recognized me as being respectful and he texted me after to keep doing what I’m doing. He’s awesome.”
Unlike the 304-pound Suh, Thomas weighs 270 pounds and figures to play at 275. He’ll line up on the end in base defense and on the interior in sub packages. “That’s what my skills are and that’s what this team is going to use me as,” said Thomas, noting he played “way more” on the interior at Stanford.