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49ers will cut Nate Clements, for real

Vincent Jackson, Nate Clements AP

We noted yesterday that there were reports of the San Francisco 49ers cutting cornerback Nate Clements, and that those reports proved to be premature.

Now we can say it again: The 49ers really have decided to cut Clements, who started all 16 games last season.

According to multiple reports, the 49ers and Clements were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract, and as a result the team has informed Clements that he’ll be cut.

The interesting question now is whether this move makes the 49ers work even harder to land the biggest prize in free agency, Nnamdi Asomugha.

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56 Responses to “49ers will cut Nate Clements, for real”
  1. lionfan419 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:54 PM

    Come to Detroit , and also sign J Joseph.

  2. godofware says: Jul 28, 2011 12:55 PM

    “The interesting question now is whether this move makes the 49ers work even harder to land the biggest prize in free agency, Nnamdi Asomugha.”
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    They’re after Asomugha and cut Clements . . . . I don’t see the connection

  3. skoobyfl says: Jul 28, 2011 12:57 PM

    Come back to Buffalo Nate, we still love you.

  4. sadie753 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:57 PM

    Do the 49ers still have a team?

  5. goawayeverybody says: Jul 28, 2011 12:57 PM

    Why aren’t you reporting about Remi Ayodele?

  6. steelers4385 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:57 PM

    Niners are such an ugly team.

  7. dagnon13 says: Jul 28, 2011 12:58 PM

    Nnamdi or Jon Joseph, I hope they are targetting BOTH of these guys in hopes that they get one of them.

  8. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jul 28, 2011 1:00 PM

    Harbaughs master plan in full affect,..get rid of good players, resign Alex Smith,..then next year in prime position with number one draft pick overall for Andy Luck,..that Harbaugh really is brilliant. Props.

  9. vikesfansteve says: Jul 28, 2011 1:00 PM

    Vikings could use him.

  10. goodguyjohn says: Jul 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    As a die hard Niner fan who wore the red and gold during the Dick Nolan era (backyard games with my brothers and I all wearing red & gold PJFL uni’s) I can tell you that no part is better than the sum of the team. If the Niner’s sign Nnamdi, aren’t they simply repeating the exact same scenario as the Clements deal? Totally overpaying for a DB?

    I’d prefer a slow, methodical 3-5 year plan of building through the draft, and perfecting the draft like coach Walsh did.

    I could care less what our record is this year. I have ZERO expectations for 2011. I know in my heart we now have a coach and GM who can build a super bowl team. I can wait around another few years for the return to glory

  11. jpmelon says: Jul 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    It will be interesting to see who picks up Clements….I’d love to know what he thinks he’s worth. As reported; he played all 16 games…the guy is worth something.

  12. offsideburns says: Jul 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    Sam Bradford has informed the 49’ers that he’ll be throwing td’s all day against them.

  13. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:02 PM

    Seattle could use Clements.

  14. croqkbh says: Jul 28, 2011 1:03 PM

    Nnamdi this and Nnamdi that. Everybody going after him thinking he is going to take them to the promised land.

    He is not a playmaker and couldn’t live up to basic incentive clauses while making over 15 mil a year.

    Did he make the Raiders better? No.

    If he was worth his reputation and the money then he would stay with the Raiders and lead them into the playoffs.

  15. mezter says: Jul 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    Now lets go get Nhamdi!!!

  16. chrisvegas says: Jul 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    Eagles should sign him. You can never have to many CBs. Maybe even try him at safty.

  17. steelforce43 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:06 PM

    He sure would look great in Black and Gold.

  18. 4d9erdynasty49 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    Man its tough to see him leave. But 17 million this year not worth it. Hes a good tackler but not as good as he used to be. Last year he got burned on alot of plays. Basically he didnt turn out the way they expected. Niners thought he would be a lockdown corner, just wasnt it. Would love to keep him but not at those figures. Obviously he didnt want to take a cut, so this move makes sense. Now the niners really need to land asomugha or johnathan joseph. They just lost there best corner and may lose there best safety dashan goldson. That 28th pass defense isnt looking any better.

  19. oldbrowndawg says: Jul 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    What was Clements salary going to be this year?

  20. p4hbiz says: Jul 28, 2011 1:08 PM

    4-12 at best…

  21. trollhammer20 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:08 PM

    The Niners have been so cheap in their approach to free agency thus far…is it really expected that they’ll open their wallets and come close to paying Asomugha what he can command on the open market?

  22. cleanslaton says: Jul 28, 2011 1:08 PM

    Stay away San Fran! Get back to your cafe lattes, toyota priuses, and esoteric ‘alternative’ lifestyles….and leave Nnamdi alone! The Texans need him most!

  23. 49ersallday says: Jul 28, 2011 1:09 PM

    as bad as I wanna see nnamdi in red and gold I really think signing Joseph and or a wr or dl would be better , Joseph is only 26 and would fit our young team better , but if were only siging one I say bring nnamdi

  24. 49ermax68 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:10 PM

    He should have taken a shot at trying to play safety. There was no question that he could tackle but over the last few years his coverage skills became suspect.

  25. anonmonster says: Jul 28, 2011 1:10 PM

    “They’re after Asomugha and cut Clements . . . . I don’t see the connection”

    They cut a corner, making space on the roster for another CB. More importantly, they cleared a reported $15.7 million in cap space with the move. That could be enough money to secure Asomugha.

    Personally, I’d like to see the Niners use that money to re-sign Franklin, get a center (Kreutz?), and snag a cheaper corner like Joseph. I’m not sure the organization has the cap space to fill holes, provide depth and sign Nnamdi.

  26. tdk24 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:10 PM

    “steelforce43 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 1:06 PM
    He sure would look great in Black and Gold.”

    The Saints?

  27. daburgher says: Jul 28, 2011 1:12 PM

    @steelforce43
    He definitely would.. good fit too w/ his physicality.

  28. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 28, 2011 1:14 PM

    The NFC West will be weak again this year. Tavaris Jackson, Kevin Kolb, and Alex Smith as the QB’s. Bradford will be better but that’s it.

  29. marv80 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:15 PM

    Detroit

  30. mrlynch33 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:17 PM

    Forget Nnamdi too much money and same mistake as with Clements. Go get Jonathan Joseph, Olin Kreutz & Mike Sims-Walker

  31. bigbadjohneaglesnm says: Jul 28, 2011 1:17 PM

    Niner fans even if u get nhamdi it won’t make a difference, he can shut down a reciever, teams will still light you up at every other spot! Plus u guys have no offense you got crabtree n Davis but noone to get them the ball. frank gore(if he shows up) has no one to block for hi
    So good luck niner fans you don’t need to recruit a cornerback you need to recruit an entire team!!

  32. theravenlives2 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:19 PM

    @steelforce43
    He definitely would.. good fit too w/ his physicality.

    ===============================
    Hines could teach him how to be a cheap shot, while Ben could teach him how to by physical…with underaged co-eds…and area in which Ben excels!

  33. welcometothemachine16 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:19 PM

    Nate Clements is a good tackler but, couldn’t cover his own shadow.

  34. throxx says: Jul 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    skins should scoop him up. he was once considered the best defensive player in the nfl….

  35. GhostoftheBay says: Jul 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    Yesterdays reports were simply a pumpfake double move to see if clements bit; and in true fasion Clements got faked out of his cleats and the 9er management went 99 yards for the touchdown.

  36. scubasteve4930 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:34 PM

    come to tampa!!

  37. croqkbh says: Jul 28, 2011 1:36 PM

    You fans from other teams that want #21 know nothing about him. Probably never even seen him play.

    #21 going to Texas makes no sense. Going to SF even less sense, because the Raiders paid him more than anybody is going to pay him, and the Raiders have a better team than either of those teams. He has no need for NY media attention or more fame. The guy drives an old car and is an intellectual and is not a Lebron James type of guy.

    He does a lot of work in Oakland for the people. He might jump on the Jets bandwagon and hope for a super bowl….otherwise I see him in Oakland, the team that found him, converted him from safety and gave him the tools to continue the Oakland Raider’s tradition for CB’s that play bump and run.

    McFadden has put on some muscle, we have weapons on offense, and we are at the top of the NFL in sacks. We also have Hue Jackson as HC now. #21 might stay and stick it to the rest of you bandwagon clowns.

    The true measure of Nnamdi is if he is going to LEAD and LIFT his team to the playoffs.

    If he bails we’ll replace him with lesser players, but we’ll get 3 guys who can play for his salary.

  38. 4evrnyt says: Jul 28, 2011 1:39 PM

    Clements will check his value in free agency and probably end up resigning with the 49ers.

    Texans or Jets will land Asomugha.

  39. Johnny Chingas says: Jul 28, 2011 1:40 PM

    Look at the facts, there are almost no teams that have come in with a new offensive, defensive and special teams scheme and go to the playoffs let alone the Super Bowl….The Coach and GM know this, so they’ve got to be smart, you go spending a ton of money this year like a guy I remember MIKE NOLAN….trying to buy a good team and you screw up your club for years to come….Personally I hope they only sign guys with good value, don’t give in to BS hold outs, and play it safe for the first few years while they install their schemes and put themselves into a position where they are only a few players away…at that time go spend big bucks on a game changer in free agency….As Niner fans we want a quick road back to greatness but it doesn’t work that way….I’m personally willing to sit back for a few years and give these guys time to make this team great again.

  40. p01ntman says: Jul 28, 2011 1:45 PM

    Welcome to Washington Mr. Clements !

  41. ninerdynasty says: Jul 28, 2011 1:48 PM

    oldbrowndawg says: Jul 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    What was Clements salary going to be this year?
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    it was going to be about 7 1/2 mil + 7 mil in incentives. I’m assuming the niners offered a paycut down to 3-4 mil and he said no. Well, good luck getting more than that anywhere else when he gets beat deep in just about every game and when he gets INTs he drops them. he wont get more than 5 mil anywhere and if he does, i feel sorry for that team.

  42. grant444 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:50 PM

    Dear theravenlives2 – I find it funny that all Crow fans are calling the Steelers a cheap bunch when you’ve had the likes of Donte Stallworth & the felonious Lewis brothers (Ray & Jamal) on your roster. Keep up the pointless remarks while Ben (9-2 vs Balt) keeps stickin’ it to your band of angels!

  43. ninersterps says: Jul 28, 2011 1:54 PM

    Spencer has been the niners best corner the last 2 years anyway.

  44. dirtyjersey9er says: Jul 28, 2011 1:56 PM

    It wasn’t that Clements couldn’t cover that has led to the play of the past few seasons.

    It was the fact that the coaches were expecting a CB who is best used as a press cover CB to do well when giving 5-10 yard cushions. He was effective when allowed to use press coverage on a big time WR but got burned badly thanks to soft coverage.

  45. indyeagle says: Jul 28, 2011 1:57 PM

    Kind of off subject, but all of you Alex Smith haters are going to be eating your words…watch.

    He now has a coach who will actually coach him and put him in a position to succeed. I saw flashes of greatness out of him and he has the intangibles to be better than average. Maybe not a superstar, but he can be in the same category as a Flacco or Sanchez.

    Write it down all you thumbs down guys, write it down!

  46. pete4mtx says: Jul 28, 2011 2:03 PM

    Clements is way overrated and never played as a top cb..glad to see him go…now lets get joseph,kreutz n resign a.frank…

  47. jsrdc says: Jul 28, 2011 2:13 PM

    idyeagle,

    ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Smith in the same category as Flacco or Sanchez? Smith will now be in the NFL 7 years this season, and he failed to throw more TD passes in his best year than Sanchez did in his first 2 years, and Smith threw more TD passes in his best year than Flacco ONLY in Flacco’s rookie year. Smith also has a very weak arm compared to Sanchez and definitely has a weak arm compared to Flacco. Smith is a BUST – he was lucky to get 5 million to stay in SF for another year. He will unequivocally be gone next year. Back to the topic, I will gladly take Clements in Dallas. We could use a guy to push Jenkins and/or Newman. Is cutting him a slap in the face enough by the Niners to make him leave is the question. Time will tell, but I would say him staying in SF will be 50/50 at best, as he will have interest on the open market.

  48. bambam1982 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:15 PM

    Stop stressing over Nnamdi and sign Joseph.

  49. jvibottomline says: Jul 28, 2011 2:23 PM

    indyeagle,
    Alex Smith is already better than Flacco and Sanchez, difference is he was drafted #1 overall and expected to be a HOF, Smith will be fine. TRADE FRANK GORE for a 1st rounder NOW!

  50. goldrush36 says: Jul 28, 2011 2:48 PM

    Alex Smith is already much better than Sanchez, the numbers show it. The difference is he isn’t playing on a rented team and he has had terrible coaches. The Jets have done well in spite of Sanchez

  51. marcsasharc says: Jul 28, 2011 3:00 PM

    so many idiots on here, its quite amusing.

    Nnamdi will make any team, any team better, for the record. he is the best player at his position in the NFL.

    Nate Clements is trash. he is a reliable #2 corner. and when i say reliable, i mean he will get burned regularly. always giving up the deep ball, the short ball, the intermediate ball. he might be the best tackler in the NFL at CB but that isnt important at all. he gets beat, beat, and beat again. he never lines up against teams #1 wrs regularly and is a better slot cb.

    with that said, the 9ers could sign Joseph and that would be an immediate upgrade as well. just not as much as Nnamdi.

  52. 49ersmang says: Jul 28, 2011 3:12 PM

    Stay away San Fran! Get back to your cafe lattes, toyota priuses, and esoteric ‘alternative’ lifestyles….and leave Nnamdi alone! The Texans need him most!

    Hey, at least we did not give the nation George W Bush, the worst president/person ever !!! Eat some more mashed potatoes you fat f#@& !!!

  53. asublimeday says: Jul 28, 2011 3:39 PM

    Bears need a corner like matt Leinart needs confidence.

    A lot.

  54. jdbaker1860 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:49 PM

    Indyeagle:
    How many times I have heard “look out this year, Alex smith is Goin to be great”. But I must say “flashes of greatness” is the funniest thing I have heard thus far. He can pay me 2,ooo dollars I have wasted on football package with direct tv to watch him suck for 7 years since they over paid him with this new contract. Sorry bro but after 7 years you can play like a pro or run out of bounds short of the 3rd down every game. They guy is no threat down field so every team stack the line. You can’t blame the OL for that. And you can’t blame the defense when you have 6 3rd down conversions all game. Wake up dude he’s horrible.

  55. jdbaker1860 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:54 PM

    Jvibottomline:
    you are more delusional thanindyeagle, to say trade frank gore and love Alex smith…….what the hell games are you watching on Sunday’s? Holly Crap! I don’t expect him to be HOF but c’mon man. 22 ints to 20 tds. Idiots

  56. funkylovemonkey says: Jul 28, 2011 8:25 PM

    jsrdc says:
    Jul 28, 2011 2:13 PM
    idyeagle,

    ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Smith in the same category as Flacco or Sanchez? Smith will now be in the NFL 7 years this season, and he failed to throw more TD passes in his best year than Sanchez did in his first 2 years, and Smith threw more TD passes in his best year than Flacco ONLY in Flacco’s rookie year. Smith also has a very weak arm compared to Sanchez and definitely has a weak arm compared to Flacco.

    ————————————————

    Obviously Flacco is a better quarterback then Smith, but Sanchez? Really? And you prove it by comparing touchdowns over two years with Sanchez with only one year of Smith? I think you were trying a little too hard to prove your point.

    It’s true that last year Sanchez had 17 tds to Smith’s 14, but let’s put that in context. Sanchez also had 170 more attempts then Alex Smith, throwing 507 times to Smith’s 342. Suddenly that number seems far less impressive, especially when you take into account how inaccurate Sanchez was. While Smith wasn’t lighting up the boards with only 59.6% completions, Sanchez had a completion of 54.8, one of the worst in the NFL (only Jimmy Clausen and and Derek Anderson were worse). In addition Smith had more yards per average then Sanchez, with Sanchez only averaging 6.49 yards per completion and Smith averaging 6.93. Taking into account that the Jets were playoff contenders while the 49ers weren’t able to separate themselves from the worst division in football, Sanchez’s performance all around has been miserable. This despite having far superior supporting players Sanchez was still outperformed by Alex Smith. Alex Smith would be an upgrade for the Jets.

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