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49ers dilemma: Jennings or draft pick?

Long-snappers such as Brian Jennings are hard to find. The 49ers began looking for another on Tuesday. What the Niners must decide by Friday is whether to match an offer Jennings recently received from Detroit, or take the seventh-round draft pick they'd get in compensation from the Lions. "We could have Brian back on the team if we so select, but it's a matter if we want Brian back or can we replace him adequately and get another pick," GM Terry Donahue said. "The money really isn't an issue."

The Lions - now headed by former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci - offered Jennings a one-year deal worth $805,000 that includes a $200,000 signing bonus. The Niners, who tendered Jennings a one-year deal at $605,000 back in February, have until Friday to match the offer sheet. The Niners know well the value of a quality long-snapper, which Jennings certainly has been for them since the team selected...

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