Clements, Lawson never got it done with 49ers

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

Niners preparing to part ways with Clements

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

49ers positional analysis: Cornerback

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

Starting up or stepping out?

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

Five Questions: San Francisco 49ers

What have the San Francisco 49ers been up to all offseason long? NFL analyst John Crist has yet another installment of Five Questions with publisher Craig Massei.
June 7, 2011

Season review, part 7: defensive backs

The 49ers had a tough time defending the pass, but there were several reasons. And who can forget Nate Clements' costly interception and fumble against the Falcons in October?
February 2, 2011

49ers wary of Panthers' running-back tandem

The Carolina Panthers are winless, but the 49ers know they must stop RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart if they hope to leave Charlotte with a victory.
October 22, 2010

49ers lose late to Falcons, fall to 0-4

The 49ers looked like they were on their way to their first victory of the season after a Nate Clements interception late in the game. But Clements' fumble on the same play gave the Falcons new life and a chance to win.
October 3, 2010