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March 27, 2009
49ers cut ties with Jennings

The 49ers have terminated the contract of Jonas Jennings, the oft-injured offensive tackle who was the team's big, free-agent prize in 2005. Jennings was never healthy in four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. But he commanded a $36 million contract from the 49ers, who belived he would be the anchor of a rebuilt offensive line at left tackle. Jennings played well when healthy. However, he suffered an array of injuries over the last four seasons, ranging from ankle sprains to being poked in the larynx. Jennings missed 41 of 64 potential starts during his time as a 49er.

Jennings's most troublesome injuries were three seperate dislocations to his right shoulder. The most recent occurred this past season in a Week Two game against the Seahawks. He was placed on injured reserve in November, ending his season. At the time, a frustrated Jennings wondered if he'd ever play again. Jennings' release comes as the 49ers are considering another talented tackle with an injury history, Marvel Smith. If Smith is signed, he likely will start the 2009 season where Jennings was in 2008 -- at right tackle.

-- Matt 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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