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.