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June 6, 2009
Niners extend the contract of a former Pro Bowler

First, the news ... The 49ers have extended the contract of another player, long snapper Brian Jennings, who was named a "need" player for the 2004 Pro Bowl. This means that Jennings will be 38 when his contract next expires. And, really, considering the lack of wear and tear on his body, what's stopping him from long snapping into his 40s?

As far as personalities go, Jennings holds the title for goofiest player in the locker room. Today he noted the contrast between that personality and the position he plays. "My job is to be boring, my job is to go unnoticed," he said. "My personality is to have fun."

Perhaps a better description for Jennings is "consistent." For years his battery mates - the kicker and holder - have raved about how fast Jennings snaps the ball and how it always arrives in the same spot. Jennings' career highlight may have come in Chicago during the 2005 season when he snapped - effectively - in gale force winds. The kicking game alone nearly propelled the 49ers to an upset victory. That is, until Nathan Vasher's highlight-reel touchdown return of a missed field goal.

Speaking of contract extensions ... Patrick Willis said today that he has not been offered an extension. Or at least, he has gotten no communication from his agents that the 49ers want to do an extension. Earlier this week, the team extended fellow 2007 first-round draft pick Joe Staley for six seasons.

-- 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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