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Shanahan explains why the 49ers won't be signing Thomas

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SANTA CLARA -- Coach Kyle Shanahan ended speculation about any thought the 49ers would have interest in signing veteran free-agent safety Earl Thomas.

The answer is an emphatic no, Shanahan said Tuesday.

“I’m real happy with our safeties,” Shanahan said. “Nothing against Earl, but there wasn’t interest just because we have our team.”

Thomas, a former Seattle Seahawks All-Pro player, became available on Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens announced he was released for "personal conduct that has adversely affected” the team.

Although the 49ers were immediately talked about as a possible landing spot for Thomas because of his knowledge of the defensive system, it never made any sense because of the 49ers’ offseason commitment to Jimmie Ward.

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The 49ers feel good with Ward and Jaquiski Tartt as the starting safeties. The club added veteran Johnathan Cyprien last week to add depth along with Tarvarius Moore and Marcell Harris.

“We have the guys we want in our spot and I think this is how we planned it,” Shanahan said. “We have some good competition, too, with the guys who are behind them. We’re excited about our group.”