Signing of Pontbriand now official

February 23, 2012, 10:13 pm
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Most of the focus is on the NFL Scouting Combine but the 49ers made a little news outside the rookie showcase with the announcement they've signed long-snapper Ryan Pontbriand.

Brian Jennings is the team's longtime long-snapper. He was a Pro Bowler in 2011 and has a contract through 2014.

General manager Trent Baalke said the addition of Pontbriand has nothing to do with the team's feelings about Jennings. The 49ers also added a long-snapper shortly after the season with the signing of Kyle Nelson, who spent parts of the past two seasons on the practice squads of New Orleans and Kansas City.

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"Obviously, Brian made it to the Pro Bowl, and we're very happy with Brian," Baalke said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "Like every other position on our team -- and we've had this same conversation with Brian -- there's going to be competition at every position."How long we stay with three remains to be seen, but we're going to always put our players in a position where they're going to have to compete for their roles. I think that's a good thing. When you have competition, it makes everybody better."

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