Jennings heads to IR with future in question

November, 18, 2008
11/18/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' decision to place Jonas Jennings on injured reserve could mark the beginning of the end of his time with the team.

The oft-injured offensive tackle stands to earn $4.2 million in salary next season, $4.3 million in 2010 and $5.15 million in 2011. I have a hard time seeing the 49ers shelling out $13.65 million over three seasons for a player who struggles to stay healthy. Jennings has missed 35 games in four season with the 49ers. That total will hit 41 by the end of this season.

With Jennings out, the 49ers signed tackle Jacob Bender from the Patriots' practice squad. The 49ers have already shaken up their line this season. Chilo Rachal looks like a likely starter at right guard in the near future. Adam Snyder has played pretty well at right tackle since Jennings' replacement, Barry Sims, suffered an injury. David Baas did some good things at left guard in the game against the Rams, based on what I saw.

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