December 4, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) walks on the field next to long snapper Brian Jennings (86) after the 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams 26-20 at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers Cut Brian Jennings, Austin Collie, Others


Cut day in the NFL is unfortunate and tragic for those who get sent home, but the decisions must be made.

The San Francisco 49ers have made several cuts today already, releasing long snapper Brian Jennings and wide receiver Austin Collie.

“Today, I feel as though I’ve been honorably discharged from the team I love,” Jennings said in a statement to CSNBayArea. “In a very real way I learned to be a man while with the 49ers — molded through the preparation and performance of game day, completely tested while on and off the field this game, this team and this group of men made me who I am today.”

Jennings was the longest-tenured player on the 49ers, drafted by the legendary Bill Walsh in 2000. He has made two Pro Bowls as the 49ers’ long snapper, but turns 37 this year. The 49ers will turn to undrafted rookie Kevin McDermott to take over Jennings’ duties.

Multiple reports have indicated that the 49ers have cut ties with Collie, who signed with the 49ers during the offseason.

Collie has spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts after being drafted by them in 2009. He performed well in his rookie season with 60 receptions and seven touchdowns, but has never been the same after suffering two devastating concussions during his second year, coming out on the wrong end of a few big hits.

He played in all 16 games in 2011 but recorded only one touchdown, and his 2012 campaign was lost due to a ruptured tendon in his knee.

The 49ers have also cut ties with wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins and wide receiver/special-teams player Kassim Osgood.

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