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49ers make Clements NFL's highest-paid defender ever

Updated: March 3, 2007, 8:54 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It took a monster deal to lure cornerback Nate Clements to Monster Park, but on the opening day of the NFL free-agent period, the San Francisco 49ers delivered, agreeing with the most coveted player in the market on a landmark contract.

The 49ers rewarded Clements, the top player in the ESPN.com ratings of the league's unrestricted free agents, with an eight-year, $80 million contract that includes $22 million in guarantees.

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