Bengals Sign Veteran Cornerback (And Ohioan) Nate Clements

INDIANAPOLIS - FILE: Nate Clements #22 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to reports on July 28, 2011 the 49ers will release Clements. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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 Josephless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

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.less than a minute ago via yoono Favorite Retweet Reply

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