The 49ers traded up into the first round of the 2006 draft to acquire Manny Lawson, and then a year later made Nate Clements the highest-paid defender in NFL history with the intention both would become cornerstones of a defense that would climb among the NFL's elite. It didn't quite work out that way, and now both will be playing against the 49ers on Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals.
September 21, 2011
When the 49ers made him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history in 2007, cornerback Nate Clements was celebrated in San Francisco as the first player at his position to earn a contract that paid $10 million per season. On Thursday, he'll be unemployed, the Sports Xchange is reporting.
July 27, 2011
The 49ers will know a lot more about where they stand at cornerback shortly after a new CBA is reached and the NFL lockout ends. That's when they'll officially begin playing hardball with Nate Clements, their No. 1 CB who will have to take a substantial pay cut to remain with the team. What happens with Clements will chart the course of what the Niners will do in 2011 at this vital position.
July 21, 2011
Most of the 22 regular starters on offense and defense for the 49ers in 2010 are all but guaranteed to occupy the same jobs in 2011. But there are some exceptions, a few more conspicuous than others, with a variety of factors affecting why each could be stepping out of the starting lineup – or getting pushed out. Here's a look at the veterans facing legitimate challenges to their starting status.
July 15, 2011