The San Francisco 49ers released two-time Pro Bowler Brian Jennings, the team's longest-tenured player.
Jennings was the 49ers' long-snapper the past 13 seasons. He had played in a franchise-record 208 consecutive games, and was among 21 players waived Saturday by the defending NFC champions.
Considered one of the NFL's elite players at his position since the 49ers drafted him in 2000, Jennings lost in a summer competition against rookie Kevin McDermott.
''That was a big decision, and on a personal level, it was as tough as it gets,'' 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.
''It was one of those things that we felt was in the best interest of the team. There's nobody I can say I enjoyed any more than Brian Jennings, watching him play and compete, and he has more football in him. He's definitely an NFL-level talent. We felt that way about Kevin McDermott, too.''
''Today, I feel as though I've been honorably discharged from the team I love,'' Jennings said in a statement released by the t...