Veteran long snapper Jon Condo was placed on the reserve/retired list Monday after playing one game with the 49ers.
Condo was signed last week to replace Colin Holba as the team’s long snapper. The team’s regular long-snapper, Kyle Nelson, is scheduled to miss another three games as he serves the remainder of a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
After joining the team, Condo struggled in practices and did not look sharp on his snaps during the team’s 24-20 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
“He just said his heart wasn’t in it. Definitely surprised us," Shanahan said during his weekly press conference Monday. "He was honest with himself, he knew his heart really wasn’t in it and then he was honest with us. He just said he knows his heart’s not in it and he doesn’t want to end up letting us down."
One element of today’s game to keep an eye on: #49ers have a new long-snapper, 14-year veteran Jon Condo. The team determined there were timing issues with Colin Holba, so they made the change. Condo looked very rusty when I watched him in practice this week.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 22, 2019
Condo, 38, was the Raiders’ longsnapper from 2007 to ’17. He appeared in the final four games last season for the Atlanta Falcons. He began his career in 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in three games before winning a spot with the Raiders two seasons later.
The 49ers plan to sign veteran long snapper Garrison Sanborn as Condo's replacement, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported.
Per league source, #49ers to sign veteran longsnapper Garrison Sanborn to replace veteran longsnapper Jon Condo, who retired after one game. Sanborn, 34, has been snapping since 2009. He's played for Bills & Buccaneers. #longsnapperintrigue— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 23, 2019
When asked last week why the 49ers released Holba, coach Kyle Shanahan called it an issue of the timing with his snaps.
"There are very little details and stuff with timing and you want guys to be perfect every time," Shanahan said. "No, he wasn’t perfect, so we are just trying to see if we can get someone a little more consistent. He wasn’t bad though, either. We just thought we could make an upgrade.”