San Francisco Signs Tackle Marvel Smith; Release Tackle Jennings

The 49’ers and former Steelers offensive tackle Marvel Smith have come to terms on a deal. The free agent signed a multiyear deal on Friday that reports say could pay him up to $10 mil if he can stay on the field. The former Pro Bowl tackle has been limited to 17 games the past two seasons due to back problems.

The nine-year vet can quickly solve the 49ers’ issues at right tackle if he is healthy. Although he has played most of his career at left tackle, San Francisco has projected him as its starting right tackle. Last season the Niners had three different players at the right tackle spot.

While Smith is coming aboard, the team has said good-bye to eight-year veteran tackle Jonas Jennings, who started two games in 2008 and whose four-year career in San Fran was mostly known by numerous injuries. Jennings would have made $4.2 million in base salary during the upcoming season. The 49ers told him to stay away from their minicamp earlier this month while they worked out the details of releasing him.

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