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Dolphins poaching Michael Thomas off 49ers practice squad

Denver Broncos v San Francisco 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 8: Michael Thomas #36 of the San Francisco 49ers tackles Trindon Holliday #11 of the Denver Broncos during the game at Candlestick Park on August 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Broncos defeated the 49ers 10-6. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Thomas;Trindon Holliday

Michael Zagaris

With the season drawing to a close, even teams in the playoff hunt are thinking about the future.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the Dolphins are poaching safety Michael Thomas off the 49ers practice squad.

The 49ers had given Thomas a raise over the practice squad minimum recently, but couldn’t offer a spot on a 53-man roster, which the Dolphins did.

Thomas, who can also play nickel cornerback, played at Stanford under 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

It might be a move of short-term expedience for Thomas, as the 49ers could need depth there. Donte Whitner’s a free agent after the season, and Eric Reid has suffered a pair of concussions already. Otherwise, their safeties are primarily special teamers,

The 49ers have been able to talk practice squaders out of leaving before, hanging onto players such as guard Al Netter.