49ers’ Cedric Thornton Ends Retirement

The retirement of defensive tackle Cedric Thornton appears to be over. On Monday, Thornton was added to the 49ers’ active roster, Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears.

A former three-year starter for the Eagles, Thornton signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys prior to the 2016 campaign but lasted only a single season. He latched on with the Bills just before the 2017 season got underway and ultimately appeared in 15 games, playing on roughly a third of Buffalo’s defensive snaps. In 2018, he signed a lost-cost deal with the Niners, only to hang ’em up in August.

It’s not clear why Thornton retired in the first place, but it sounds like he has the itch to play once again. If he makes the Niners’ cut, Thornton will count for about $915K on the books.

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4 comments on “49ers’ Cedric Thornton Ends Retirement

    • bravesfan88

      Other than maybe signing Earl Thomas, what more could you have realistically wanted from the 49ers this off-season??

      They attacked their positions of need, got some insurance at RB, brought in a vet at WR, and took an excellent low risk, high reward gamble on Verrett…I, personally, loved their off-season..

      The only guy I wanted, that they didn’t sign was Earl Thomas. I thought he would have worked extremely well as their single high safety, but they have some young options, and have options in the draft as well…

      If they’re able to get Bosa, a WR like N’Keal Harry, and another Safety in round 3, then they will have secured every weakness possible.

      The only minor complaint might be finding a quality backup OT..But come on, that’s just being greedy lol..

  1. BoSoxWin

    Let’s face it…the entire 49er’s season rests in the hands of Jimmy G. If he can stay healthy, they are a playoff team. If he can only start 5-7 games then they are yet again picking in the Top 10 of the 2020 NFL Draft

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