Long-snapper Brian Jennings, who has spent 13 years with the franchise, was released on Saturday. Jennings, who was the longest-tenured 49er, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2000 under then-general manager Bill Walsh, and began playing under coach Steve Mariucci.

From Trent Baalke:

"The 49ers would like to thank Brian for his 13 years of service to the organization and the Bay Area community. He has always represented himself, his family and this organization with the utmost class. We wish him, and his family, the very best."

From Brian Jennings:

"Today, I feel as though I've been honorably discharged from the team I love.

First, I'd like to thank the York family. Dr. York, Denise, Jed, Tony, Jenna and Mara. You have blessed my life, God Bless you.

I'd like to thank the men who brought me to the team and trusted me to contribute: Bill Walsh, Jon McVay, and Bill McPherson.

To the various coaches that I played for -- thank you. Specifically, the first staff lead by head coach Steve Mariucci, it was that group that taught me how to be a pro.

In addition, I'd like to thank this most recent staff, led by coach Jim Harbaugh, who has returned the 49ers to playing dominate football. I love this game and these men are true football men.

I'd like to thank my teammates who are my brothers, and heroes. Some of them who had the greatest influence on me and my closest friends include:


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Ray Brown, Garrison Hearst, Derrick Deese, Ken Norton Jr., Jeff Garcia, Derek Smith, Jon Engelberger, Jeff Ulbrich, Julian Peterson, Eric Johnson, Terry Jackson, Brandon Lloyd, Frank Gore, Mike Robison, Joe Nedney, Andy Lee, and Vernon Davis.

Currently the team is full of men who are more than capable of not only carrying on a tradition of winning but bringing Championships back to the 49ers.

In a very real way I learned to be a man as a 49ers. Molded through the preparation and performance of game day. Completely tested while on and off the field this team, game, and group of men made me who I am today.

God has blessed me, protected me, and guided my path. Now, as I move on, I have faith that God will continue to do for me what He has done my entire life.

God Bless you and God bless the San Francisco 49ers."

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