GLENDALE AZ - NOVEMBER 29: Cornerback Nate Clements #22 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after stopping a pass to Early Doucet #80 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nate Clements Signs Free Agent Deal With Cincinnati Bengals, According To Report

Nate Clements will be released by the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report. It could be a move to clear cap space for Nnamdi Asomugha.

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Nate Clements Agrees To Deal With Cincinnati Bengals: Report

According to NFL.com reporter Jason La Canfora, reporting via twitter, former San Fransisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Terms of the deal are not yet available. Clements should be a direct replacement for cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who left the Bengals in free agency.

Clements signed a massive eight-year, $80 million contract with $22 million guaranteed with the 49ers back in 2007. Clements has been respectable in his time with San Fransisco, starting every game since joining the team, but he's failed to live up to the previous play and big expectations that won him his massive contract. 

The 49ers were believed to have been chasing Nnamdi Asomugha, who has since signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. San Fransisco have a big hole at cornerback now, but Cincinnati will be happy that they've come as close as they could have possibly hoped to replacing Joseph like for like.

For more on this deal, check out SB Nation's Cincinnati Bengals blog Cincy Jungle.

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Nate Clements Told He Will Be Released By 49ers, Says Report

Nate Clements has been informed he will be released this week by the San Francisco 49ers, reports Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. The move will clear $15 million of cap space for the Niners, who are reportedly chasing star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who is leaving the cross-bay rival Oakland Raiders.

The 31-year-old Clements, a one-time Pro Bowler at cornerback, has spent the past four season in San Francisco. He's started all 16 games in seven of his 10 NFL seasons, including last year. He'd signed an eight-year, $80 million deal with the Niners in 2007, at the time making him the highest paid defensive player ever. That deal included $22 million guaranteed.

Clements' cornerback partner over the last two seasons, Shawntae Spencer, is under contract for one more season. San Francisco did pick up two defensive backs in the draft: Chris Culliver out of South Carolina at No. 80 overall and Curtis Holcomb of Florida A&M at No. 250 overall.

The Niners are believed to be battling the New York Jets and Houston Texans for Asomugha.

For more on the 49ers, visit Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area. For full 2011 NFL free agency coverage, see our section.

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