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Reports: 49ers sign TE Logan Thomas to back up George Kittle

NFL: Washington Commanders at New York JetsDecember 24, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Washington Commanders tight end Logan Thomas (82) reacts after a touchdown reception during the second half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with veteran Logan Thomas, according to multiple media reports Monday.

Thomas, 32, played the past four seasons for the Washington Commanders, where he started 15 of 16 games last year and caught 55 passes for 496 yards and four touchdowns.

His best season was 2020, when he started 15 of 16 games and racked up 72 receptions for 670 yards and six touchdowns — all career highs.

Thomas is a converted quarterback, the position he played as a rookie with the Arizona Cardinals, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech.

He played tight end for the Buffalo Bills (2017-18) and Detroit Lions (2019). Thomas also spent time on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins (2015-16), New York Giants (2016) and Lions (2016).

He established himself as a starter for Washington when he was sidelined by injuries. The commanders released him on March 1 to save costs.

San Francisco is looking for a backup for two-time All-Pro George Kittle – a five-time Pro Bowl selection – after losing Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley in free agency, both to the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers signed Detroit tight end Brock Wright to a restricted free agent offer, but the Lions matched it in March.

The team drafted Brayden Willis and Cameron Latu in 2023, but Latu (knee) spent the season on injured reserve and Willis did not record a catch in seven games.

–Field-level media

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