Nate Clements may not be a bargain, but he’s good enough to keep around.
That’s the opinion of Santa Rosa Press Democrat writer Matt Maiocco, who writes there is “no question” Clements will be back in San Francisco next year despite a $6 million pricetag and brief demotion last season.
Once the richest cornerback in the league, Clements’ season ended in early November because of a broken shoulderblade. He’s still probably good enough to start in San Francisco, and the 49ers aren’t considering moving him to safety.
Combine this news with our A.J. Hawk post from this morning, and we just might have an NFL trend. Teams may be more willing to overpay this offseason to keep moderately useful veteran because they know that replacing them in free agency will be especially difficult this year.