Earlier this afternoon a report surfaced that the Bengals were working towards signing a veteran free agent. That's happened. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Cincinnati Bengals signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements, who was released earlier this week to free $15.7 million in cap space on an eight-year, $80 million contract (with $22 million guaranteed) he signed on March 2, 2007.
Bengals agree to terms with CB Nate Clements who was released by SF for cap reasons. Replaces J Joseph
Clements, an Ohioan from Shaker Heights and the Ohio State University, has 33 career interceptions, five touchdowns and 20 forced fumbles during his ten-year career with the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. Starting all 16 games last season, Clements posted 82 tackles, a quarterback sack and three interceptions.
Obviously Clements becomes the primary candidate to start for the departed Johnathan Joseph. Additionally the move settles a little nervousness with the position regarding Adam Jones' injured neck (and legal issues) as well as Morgan Trent's knee that generated enough concern from the Bengals to rework his contract.
The more interesting part of the story? The San Francisco 49ers were actively trying to get Clements back. It's not a Super Bowl, but we beat the bastards in something.
The 49ers have a hole at the CB position now that Nate Clements signed with Cincy. They had been talking to him about coming back.