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49ers pick up fifth-year option on Arik Armstead, decline on Laken Tomlinson

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49ers pick up fifth-year option on Arik Armstead, decline on Laken Tomlinson

The 49ers have picked up the fifth-year option for the 2019 season on 2015 first-round draft pick Arik Armstead, but the club will not exercise the option on guard Laken Tomlinson.

Armstead, 24, the No. 17 overall pick of the 2015 draft from Oregon, has appeared in just 30 games in his three-year career. He recorded 50 tackles and six sacks. Armstead finished the past two seasons in injured reserve with separate shoulder and hand injuries.

As a defensive end selected from picks 11 to 32, the fifth-year option for Armstead is $9.046 million. The money does not become fully guaranteed until the start of the 2019 league year in March. Up to that point, the money is guaranteed for injury only.

The 49ers assumed the decision on Tomlinson after he was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Lions shortly before the start of last season. Tomlinson was chosen with the No. 28 overall pick from Duke in 2015, but the Lions traded him to the 49ers for a fifth-round selection in this week’s draft. The club is likely to pursue a contract for Tomlinson at a lower cost.

Tomlinson, 26, started 24 of 30 games in his first two seasons with Detroit. He entered the 49ers’ starting lineup in Week 2 and started the final 15 games at left guard. The fifth-year option price for all offensive lineman selected from picks 11 to 32 is $9.625 million.

Tomlinson, Jonathan Cooper, Joshua Garnett, Zane Beadles and Erik Magnuson are in line to compete for the 49ers' starting guard positions this season.

Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

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Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start to summer in the United States.

It's also a big benchmark on the sports calendar.

The 2020 MLB season should have been in full swing, ready to turn the page on its second month. Monday would have been filled with pageantry at the ballparks around the country as teams honored our military servicepeople and veterans.

The NBA and NHL playoffs, likely without all three Northern California teams, should have been in the conference finals stage.

Instead, this was a very different Memorial Day due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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That didn't stop Bay Area athletes and teams from celebrating the holiday on social media:

We hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day.

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

We’re all in this together.

The 49ers partnered up with the California Air National Guard to salute those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The flyover was handled by the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said sports could return to the state by the first week of June, so we hopefully will be seeing the Niners take the field at Levi’s Stadium this fall.

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