49ers to let go of CB Clements

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 12:29 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated July 28, 12:29 p.m. ET

The 49ers cut CB Nate Clements on Thursday morning in an attempt to clear cap space and potentially go after free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora had reported the impending release on Wednesday, but said later that the Niners have not informed Clements of his release. La Canfora confirmed on Thursday that following a meeting of team executives, the club has decided to part ways with the cornerback.

Clements, who signed an eight-year, $80 million deal in March of 2007, failed to live up to his contract's hype while in San Francisco. In four seasons with the team, the corner recorded just 10 interceptions and never made a Pro Bowl.

San Francisco has been rumored as a potential landing spot for Asomugha, a Los Angeles native who played collegiately at Cal before being drafted by the Raiders. It would take a lot of cap space to sign the All-Pro corner, but the dismissal of Clements may make it work.

The way we see it

Even if they can't sign Asomugha, the Niners may feel it necessary to rid themselves of Clements' large salary. There of course is a chance the team could re-sign him for a lower price tag, but it would likely be as a nickel back, as the veteran corner's coverage skills have been lacking.