Saturday, July 30, 2011
With Clements gone, CB options shrinking
By Mike Sando
Nate Clements' departure to the Cincinnati Bengals erases another cornerback from the San Francisco 49ers' list of options.
Antonio Cromartie remains available. Asante Samuel could be available by trade.
The 49ers had released Clements in a long-anticipated move to avoid absorbing a massive hit to their salary cap. Bringing back Clements at a reduced rate was an option until Saturday.
Our free-agent tracker for Insider subscribers lists available corners. Most of the higher-profile ones are off the market.
I'll be at 49ers camp beginning Monday and am anxious to get a better feel for the situation while there.
In the meantime, I'm heading back to the Seahawks' second practice of the afternoon. In accordance with new rules limiting how frequently teams can practice in pads, Seattle is holding a walk-through session without any contact. Players are wearing no pads. They're not even wearing helmets. In fact, players are going through drills wearing ball caps. I've never seen anything like it during an NFL training camp.