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June 3, 2007
Don't expect to see Jennings dumped

Question: The oft-injured Jonas Jennings has been a major disappointment these past two years, even though he is one of the highest paid o-linemen in the league. Adam Snyder is much cheaper, he is years younger than Jennings, and he has shown promise in his stints at left tackle. Any chance that Jennings and his $7 million bloated salary get released, especially with Joe Staley now in the mix?

Gordon, Rancho Murieta

Answer: No chance - mainly because the 49ers aren't in any salary-cap straits at the moment. Jennings actually is a pretty good blocker. His problem is that he has yet to make it through a full season without coming down with one ailment or another. And don't forget - the team's embarrassment of riches along the offensive line won't last beyond this season when Justin Smiley, Kwame Harris and possibly Larry Allen are gone. That means Snyder could be needed at one of the guard positions while Staley might have to play right tackle.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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