Jennings Highlights 49ers' Cuts

Jennings was the longest-tenured 49er.

The 49ers had to cut ties with 21 players Saturday to get the regular season roster set at 53. There weren't many surprises aside from Brian Jennings, the team's former long snapper that had been with San Francisco for 13 seasons.

With an eye toward future contract extensions for Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, Aldon Smith and Mike Iupati, the 49ers saved some money by releasing long snapper Brian Jennings Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Jennings, the longest-tenured player on the team, loses his job to undrafted rookie Kevin McDermott. In doing so, the 49ers will save nearly $1.3 million in cap space over the next two seasons.

Cap room rolls over to the next league year, which will give the team more flexibility when it comes to contract extensions to their star players.

Jennings had spent 13 seasons with the 49ers as one of the games most reliable long snappers. After getting drafted in the seventh round in 2000, he made the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2011.

McDermott was regarded as one of the nation's top players at the position during his two seasons in that roll at UCLA. He earned honorable mention All-Academic Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2012.

Cuts from Saturday:

ILB Travis Johnson

S Michael Thomas

FB Jason Schepler

S Trenton Robinson

OL Wayne Tribue

WR Lavelle Hawkins

WR Kassim Osgood

LS Brian Jennings

OL Carter Bykowski

CB Marcus Cooper

WR Austin Collie

WR Chad Hall

CB Darryl Morris

OL Patrick Omameh

HB Jewell Hampton

LB Joe Holland

WR Chuck Jacobs

DL Mike Purcell

QB Seneca Wallace

OL Kenny Wiggins

TE MarQueis Gray

Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs has been added to the reserve/suspended list. He will miss the first week of the regular season for violating the team's substance abuse policy.

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