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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Clements, Asomugha and 49ers revisited

By Mike Sando

Nate Clements' long-anticipated release from the San Francisco 49ers is finally imminent.

Clements was going to take a pay reduction in 2011 whether or not the 49ers kept him. By refusing to take one now, Clements ensured his entry into the free-agent market. The team told him of its plans to release him Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter notes.

Nate Clements
Nate Clements signed an 8-year, $80 million deal with the 49ers in 2007.
Some recently expressed thoughts on Clements remain topical now:
The signing period does not open until Friday. I see no reason for Asomugha to rush into a contract agreement. Why not let the bidding continue?