The 49ers and Chiefs have discussed a trade that would send De’Anthony Thomas to San Francisco, according to John Middlekauff of 95.7 The Game (on Twitter). The wide receiver and return specialist is an Oregon product, which probably goes a long way towards explaining coach Chip Kelly‘s affinity for him.
Thomas, 23, was a fourth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014. Over the last two seasons, Thomas has returned 63 punts for an average return of 10 yards plus one touchdown in the ’14 campaign. He has also been effective in a small sample size of kick returns, taking 20 kicks back for an average of 28.3 yards.
Thomas was the club’s primary punt returner in the first half of the 2015 season, and handled the occasional kickoff as well. The youngster also saw some action on offense, with 174 total yards and two touchdowns on 17 receptions and nine carries. Wide receiver Frankie Hammond took over punt-return duties after Thomas was placed on the NFI list in December.
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