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Reports of Clements release prove premature

Nate Clements, Brandon Stokley AP

The 49ers continue to clear room for a possible run at Nnamdi Asomugha.

Matt Maicco of CSNBayArea.com reports that San Francisco has told cornerback Nate Clements that they will release him.  It was long believed Clements needed to take a pay cut to return, and they didn’t work something out.

It’s the sensible move.  It clears major salary cap space for a player that struggled to be a league average starter.  If the 49ers want to upgrade at cornerback, they could also make a move for Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

UPDATE: We were overdue for a premature report.  Multiple reports now indicate that Clements isn’t cut. Yet.  A restructured contract could be a possibility.

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56 Responses to “Reports of Clements release prove premature”
  1. lbpackfan says: Jul 27, 2011 5:35 PM

    Nice INT return vs Falcons last year…oh wait…

  2. bjorntorock says: Jul 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    wow a great signing that was…

  3. offsideburns says: Jul 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    here’s Nnamdi…

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 27, 2011 5:38 PM

    I think we know what’s next…

  5. bjorntorock says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    what#

  6. waxthat says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    Plan A: Nnamdi
    Plan B: Johnathan Joseph
    Plan C: worst secondary in the league next yr ;(

  7. firstroyal says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    I am confused, I thought the Jets already had the rights to Asomugha and the last two super bowls?

  8. atmedic8daily says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    Or cincy could sign JJoe… Please!

  9. o0omorriso0o says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    Johnathan Joeseph is my 3rd option as an Eagles fan. If they don’t get DRC in trade with Arizona or sign Nnamdi then the only other CB that would be worth a damn for the Eagles to sign and consider as an impact upgrade would be Johnathan Joeseph…

  10. slumdog66 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    FINALLY!

  11. mattsffrd says: Jul 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    here comes Nnamdi!!!!!

  12. GhostoftheBay says: Jul 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    Finally! Hopefully Moran Norris will be next.

  13. goodguyjohn says: Jul 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    Clements’ signing rivaled Barry Zito’s in sheer FAILURE. The guy never had a great season here in the bay. Good riddance!

  14. pacash80 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    I guess they don’t think they need a QB?

  15. dallasfan74 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:42 PM

    Primary Goal: Nnamdi Asomugha

    Backup Plan: Johnathan Joseph

    Either way, they are getting a cornerback…I have a feeling it will be the latter of the two.

  16. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2011 5:42 PM

    Nate Clements was once known as a very good CB. Can he regain that form or has he lost it???

  17. june20102002 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:43 PM

    Nnamdi will not be a 49er, his sister was just on the radio in NYC, where she lives, and says she looks forward to seeing her brother play at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

  18. pnut87 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:43 PM

    Well that only lops off what, like 11 mil? That plus current cap space, they could probably get Nnamdi AND Joseph if they really wanted to. But just get Nnamdi for the time being.

  19. woodsidegil says: Jul 27, 2011 5:43 PM

    Good move on the 49er’s part. He was never worth what they signed him for. Sloooooooow in coverage but a good tackler. Better prospect as a safety than CB.

  20. june20102002 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:44 PM

    Asked whether she believes he will be a Jet, she replied, ‘we expect to see each other a lot more.’

  21. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 27, 2011 5:44 PM

    hmm if that isnt an indicator then i dont know what is

  22. thenyolive says: Jul 27, 2011 5:45 PM

    Who’s Trader Mike going to cut?

  23. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:45 PM

    Damn, Clements was one of the few starting corners my Rams’ receivers could actually light up.

  24. bennyblanco99 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:48 PM

    NNAMDI COME ON DOWN!!!

  25. sprest83 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:48 PM

    Interesting

  26. JAM says: Jul 27, 2011 5:48 PM

    Nate Clements was the Nnamdi Asomugha of 2007 when the 49ers made him the highest paid defensive player ever at the time. Such is life in the NFL.

  27. jdbaker1860 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:49 PM

    Why do the inner let go all big names like spikes,franklin and nate but don’t ever sign a big ones. We only had a defense to watch last year now we can only watch the commercials. Wtf

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 27, 2011 5:49 PM

    These stories about cornerbacks are somewhat saddening because I continue to not see the Falcons mentioned. And even though I think they’ll average around 30 ppg this season, if you’re letting teams put up 40+ on a given week.

  29. jdbaker1860 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:49 PM

    Meant “niners” damn auto spell!

  30. jdbaker1860 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    They won’t get Nnamdi. New coach same crap!

  31. green18blue52 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:53 PM

    money well spent

  32. green18blue52 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:54 PM

    its opposite day

  33. scoboscobs says: Jul 27, 2011 5:54 PM

    Go get ‘em, Vikes!!

  34. scoboscobs says: Jul 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    On a side note, reuniting Clements and Winfield would be nifty.

  35. marcsasharc says: Jul 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    good riddance. now sign Asomugha or Jonathon Joseph and the secondary/defense will immediately become better.

  36. time2speakup says: Jul 27, 2011 5:58 PM

    Obviously Nate is convinced that he is still viable as a corner (ego can be a killer). Now that he’s cut free, we will see if he’s right. I think this time next season, he will either be sitting at home, or be somebodies back up and nickleback – and wishing he had taken whatever deal the Niners offered. I wish him well.

  37. rayvens says: Jul 27, 2011 5:59 PM

    49ers let go of Nate Clements
    ———————
    I seriously didn’t know he still played…was he hurt for the past couple of season?

  38. goldrush36 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:02 PM

    3 years too late but hey whatever. Now go get Nnamdi or Joseph. It’s obvious they are going for one big time because you can’t trust Brown to start opposite of Spencer. Even at that price they wouldn’t cut him without looking to get better at the position

  39. 49ersallday says: Jul 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    f yeah, this is good news , trade gore for a wr or d line and start Dixon and hunter then the cherry , NNAMDI

  40. goldrush36 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    lbpackfan says: Jul 27, 2011 5:35 PM

    Nice INT return vs Falcons last year…oh wait…

    That was Dre Bly, but thanks for playing. smh

  41. eslamm11 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:03 PM

    Seems to be an amazing turnout for the 49ers games as shown by this photo

  42. dwoofer says: Jul 27, 2011 6:06 PM

    What they are really saying to Clements is: “You couldn’t cover Larry Fitzgerald.”

  43. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 27, 2011 6:06 PM

    nnamdi loves new york.

  44. ninerfaithful75 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:07 PM

    La Canfora tweeted that this hasn’t happened…yet. IMO probably will but as of 5 minutes ago he had not been told this by the team.

  45. goldrush94 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:14 PM

    Jets are becoming the Miami Heat of the NFL. Nnamdi or not, I can’t wait til January when Sanchez is watching another DB return his intended pass for 6 points to knock them out of the playoffs again. The way Jets are going about things, their window is only this year, cause after that, all these contracts will balloon and salary cap hell will force them into another rebuilding.

    If Nnamdi is smart, which he is, he’ll ink the Niners contract… stay in the Bay and play for a team on the rise.

    GO NINERS!

  46. thetechnocrat says: Jul 27, 2011 6:15 PM

    49ers let go of Nate Clements
    not according to Todd France

  47. ctiggs says: Jul 27, 2011 6:16 PM

    yay

  48. goldrush36 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:17 PM

    dwoofer says: Jul 27, 2011 6:06 PM

    What they are really saying to Clements is: “You couldn’t cover Larry Fitzgerald.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually they usually used Spencer to cover Fitzgerald, but you are partly correct as that’s the reason he didn’t cover him much lol. What they are saying is you showed up fairly decent against elite receivers when the pressure was on, but you got flippin burned by every single average receiver in the NFL.

  49. ceadderman says: Jul 27, 2011 6:21 PM

    Hahahaha another premature report. Could still be true but at least you get points for style and bolstering the hearts and minds of ignorant fans everywhere. :D

  50. ceadderman says: Jul 27, 2011 6:24 PM

    Yeah blame Nate. He’s only playing in a Defensive scheme called by an inept Coordinator. How soon people forget that Nate kept the biggest Receivers quiet on a regular basis until Manusky put the Defense in Bend but Don’t Break mode and lined the Corners up in Zone coverage 10 yards off the ball.

    Talk about a recipe for failure.

  51. d3murf says: Jul 27, 2011 6:25 PM

    goldrush36 says: Nice INT return vs Falcons last year…oh wait…

    That was Dre Bly, but thanks for playing. smh

    ______________________________________

    Lol at you bro. And lol at anyone who thumbs upped your mistake. Dre Bly was out of football by September last yr. Here in Atlanta against the ‘9ers Nate Clements had a GAME ENDING interception thrown by our “Matty Ice” that all he needed to do was to kneel down. Well he wanted to play hero and have like a 70 yd return but was Run Down by Roddy White and Harvey Dahl I believe and had the ball stripped. We drove back down the field and scored. Nate Clements hasn’t been heard from until now….And even that was premature —smh

  52. theborch909 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:04 PM

    So glad to see him gone. Waste of money and years

  53. goldrush36 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:06 PM

    Oh oops, I see now. I didn’t realize Clement did the very same thing so I apologize. Anyway, I have hated him since day one so it doesn’t matter to me

  54. bambam1982 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:35 PM

    I would luv for the 9ers to get Nnamdi.
    But I think we might be better off with Johnathan Joseph. He is just as good in my opinion and he’s a little cheaper so that would leave us more $$$ to grab another top free agent.

  55. goldrush94 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:03 PM

    If 9ers can get J.Joseph for 1/2 the price, I say go for it, and sign Shaun O’Hara who just got released by the Giants. He’s a mauler at center… Wragge’s not gonna cut it.

  56. bambam1982 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:55 PM

    To goldrush94

    Lets go for J.Joseph & O’Hara

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