The 49ers placed Jonas Jennings on injured reserve today, likely bringing a close to the oft-injured tackle’s career with the club.
Jennings missed all or parts of 47 games due to injuries in four seasons with the 49ers. He sustained a dislocated shoulder Sept. 14 in the 49ers’ second game of the season. Adam Snyder has played well at right tackle the past two games.
Jennings underwent surgery today to repair his right shoulder.
He is scheduled to earn $4.2 million in salary in 2009 as part of the original seven-year, $36 million contract he signed on the first day of free agency in 2005.
He has three years remaining on his contract, which includes non-guaranteed salaries totaling $13.65 million. (Actually, 2011 is an option year, so he has two years and a non-guaranteed $8.5 million remaining on his original deal.)
If Jennings is released in the offseason, he will still count $3.5 million against the 49ers’ 2009 salary cap, but the 49ers would realize a cap savings of more than $3 million from his scheduled cap figure of $6.59 million.
The 49ers replaced Jennings on the 53-man roster with second-year tackle Jacob Bender, who was signed from the Patriots practice squad. Bender (6-6, 315) was originally selected by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2007 draft out of Nicholls State.