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The San Fransisco 49ers tendered former Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings Thursday. The former seventh-round draft pick will be with the 49ers for at least one more season.
The 49ers waived Jennings shortly after the start of his rookie season (2020) before picking him back up. Waiving Jennings, got the receiver off of his rookie contract and allows the 49ers to tender him this offseason and pay him the league minimum.
The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native will make just $825,000 in 2021 unless San Fransisco decides to sign him to a long term deal this offseason — which is still in play despite be tendered.
Jennings was a breakout contributor for the 49ers in their run to the NFC Championship game last season. The physical receiver recorded 24 catches for 282 yards and five touchdowns and became a third down specialist for San Fransisco.
The former All-SEC receiver saved his biggest catches for the biggest moments including a pair of touchdowns int he 49ers week 17 win over the Rams.
Jennings physicality and toughness has been on display since his freshman season at Tennessee when he proved himself as a fantastic special teams player. That’s carried over to the NFL and matches the identity of the San Fransisco franchise.
Under head coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers have boasted a strong, physical run game and a play action passing attack. Jennings strong run blocking skills make him a great fit in San Fransisco.
Jennings clearly earned the trust and respect of his teammates as All-NFL linebacker Fred Warner raved about Jennings earlier this week.