49ers long snapper Brian Jennings signs 5-year extension

The 49ers have come to terms on a 5-year contract extension with long snapper Brian Jennings.  Jennings was scheduled to be a free agent after this season, but this new deal will keep him with the 49ers through 5 years.  I had said in the salary cap post earlier today that the 49ers would likely sign at least one more person to a contract extension.  I have to say, I nailed that one...even if it wasn't the player I was expecting!  Scot McCloughan had a few comments about Jennings:

"When you have a player that is one of the best in the league at his position, you are very lucky when you are able to lock him up for a long time like we have done with Brian," said general manager Scot McCloughan. "What he does for us is not only important in scoring points, but in creating favorable field position. I know Joe Nedney and Andy Lee are very happy men to know that Brian will be here for another five seasons. Consistency is integral for our special teams."

Jennings (6-5, 242) is considered one of the NFL’s elite long snappers. A seventh round pick (240th selection overall) by the 49ers in 2000 out of Arizona State, Jennings has snapped to six different placekickers and five different punters in his nine seasons. He also possesses the ability to make open field tackles on special teams, having recorded 53 career special teams stops. In 2004, he was named to the Pro Bowl as a need player. A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Jennings shares claim with LB Jeff Ulbrich as the longest-tenured 49ers players on the roster.

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