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January 11, 2012
Niners sign longsnapper to future deal

The 49ers signed special teamer Kyle Nelson to a futures contract this week, according to his agent. Nelson, who went undrafted out of New Mexico State, has been variously listed as an OL, a FB and a TE. His true position, according to agent Vinnie Porter, is longsnapper.

The 49ers, of course, have one of the best longsnappers in the league in Brian Jennings. Jennings, however, will go into his 13th season next year and the plan is to have Nelson apprentice under Jennings for a while. The two snapped together during the lockout, according to Porter.

"He's more of a special teams guy," Porter said. "He's 245 pounds, could come in on coverage units. He's definitely a guy you could add to the practice and be an understudy to (Jennings)."

Nelson, who went undrafted in April, spent time with the Saints and Chiefs this season. The futures contract is for two years and won't kick in until the new league year starts in March.

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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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