The 49ers today cut ties with their longest-tenured player, longsnapper Brian Jennings, who was drafted by then-general manager Bill Walsh in 2000 and who made two Pro Bowls during 13 seasons in San Francisco. Jennings' departure means the 49ers have decided to go with an undrafted rookie, Kevin McDermott, in a season in which they expect to return to the Super Bowl.
McDermott, who played at UCLA, took all of the snaps in Thursday's preseason finale and got the lion's share of the work in Sunday's game against Minnesota, too. Not one of the snaps was off. In choosing the rookie, the 49ers will get about a half million dollars in salary-cap savings, which is significant as they try to scrape every last penny in anticipation of looming deals for Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, Mike Iupati and others.
Jennings, meanwhile, was the most consistent snapper over the last decade, and his precision never wavered, not even in the ice of Denver or the fierce winds of Soldier Field in Chicago. Jennings turns 37 in October.
-- Matt Barrows