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Nate Clements | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/12/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
College: Ohio State
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Free agent DB Nate Clements wants to play in the NFL this season.
A first-round pick way back in 2001, Clements has attracted no known interest on the open market. He appeared in 30 games for the Bengals over the last two seasons, playing both corner and safety. Although Clements will turn 34 in December, he can help a team's depth in the secondary. He graded out positively against the pass in Pro Football Focus' grades last season. Thu, Jun 20, 2013 10:35:00 AM

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Bengals SS Nate Clements (calf) and CB Leon Hall (hamstring) both returned to the starting lineup in Week 5.

Hall stepped in opposite Terence Newman and Clements continued his move from corner to safety. They helped hold Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill to 223 yards and no touchdowns.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Nate Clements (calf) is doubtful for Week 4.

Clements started at safety in Sunday's win over the Redskins. This was his first game at safety after 161 starts at corner. More importantly, it highlighted the Bengals struggles at safety this season. Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles haven't been particularly effective, so the Bengals could turn to Chris Crocker on Sunday. Crocker resumed practice this week after being sidelined for the last eight months.
Source: Bengals.com
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 10:25:00 AM

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer anticipates Nate Clements opening the season as the Bengals' starting left corner.

Clements saw some early-camp reps at safety, an idea that might have been more viable had first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick not injured his knee. Reedy expects Clements to bookend RCB Leon Hall, with Taylor Mays at strong safety opposite Reggie Nelson. The Bengals are going to need big-time pass rush to cover up their secondary flaws. Offenses should be able to throw on this unit.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 10:02:00 PM

Nate Clements has begun taking snaps at safety at Bengals training camp.

Clements "split" his snaps between cornerback and safety, seeing action with the first-team defense at both spots. Reggie Nelson is locked in at free safety, so the Bengals appear to be giving Clements a long look as a strong safety upgrade on Taylor Mays. Either way, Cincinnati's secondary looks like a major liability at this point. Three of the four spots are potential problem areas.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 06:36:00 PM

Bengals LCB Nate Clements (abdominal strain) has been activated from the active/PUP list.

Clements was limited to individual drills on Monday, but it's still good news for a banged-up Bengals secondary. Clements might sit out Cincinnati's first preseason game, but should see plenty of exhibition action.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 04:14:00 PM

Bengals LCB Nate Clements is still nursing an abdominal strain.

Clements sat out May OTAs with the ailment and now he's watching training camp from the sidelines. Still, it's possible the Bengals are just playing it safe after first-round CB Dre Kirkpatrick went down with a knee injury earlier this week. "With these type of injuries you have to take your time," Clements said. "It can keep lingering on and that is not one of those things we want to rush."
Fri, Jul 27, 2012 08:52:00 AM

Bengals LCB Nate Clements is sitting out of OTAs with an abdominal strain, and may not return until "late in OTAs."

It's an ill-timed injury for a player who could be on the chopping block, though it's unlikely anything Clements did in OTAs was going to affect his status. If the Bengals elect to keep Clements and his $5.5 million cap number, he should be ready for June's minicamp.
Tue, May 22, 2012 11:21:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer suggests LCB Nate Clements could be a June 1 cap casualty after the Bengals drafted Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round.

The two possess similar skill sets, and Clements' $5.5 million cap number is working against him. If the Bengals believe they can get the same from cheaper veteran Terence Newman, Clements could be shown the door before camp. Clements' 2012 salary is $4.3M. He's also owed a $200K reporting bonus.
Wed, May 2, 2012 02:01:00 PM

Bengals LCB Nate Clements' base salary leaps from $1 million in 2011 to $4.3 million in 2012.

It's the final season on the two-year, $10.5 million deal Clements signed last July, so the Bengals wouldn't experience signing bonus acceleration should they choose to release him. Though Clements tackled efficiently in his first year with Cincinnati, his coverage skills are no longer up to par at age 32. A move to free safety could be a consideration with incumbent starter Reggie Nelson set for free agency and SS Chris Crocker fading fast.
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 12:26:00 PM

Bengals CB Nate Clements left Sunday's game in the second quarter with an arm injury.

Clements took a helmet to his arm while making a tackle. He stayed down for a couple of minutes, but was able to walk off under his own power while shaking his arm. Clements returned to the game in the second half.
Sun, Oct 9, 2011 01:56:00 PM

Bengals signed CB Nate Clements, formerly of the 49ers.

The Bengals have their Johnathan Joseph replacement in a 31-year-old that was cut loose by the 49ers. It wasn't an erosion of skills that got Clements released, but his gargantuan $17 million cap number. He looked to have plenty left in the tank last season, notching 82 tackles and three interceptions as the 49ers' top corner. It's a rare respectable addition for the Bungles.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 07:55:00 PM

49ers released CB Nate Clements.

Clements couldn't come to an agreement on a restructured paycut, and the Niners need to clear $7 million in cash and $15 million in cap space for their pursuit of Nnamdi Asomugha or Johnathan Joseph. The door is open for Clements to return at a lower salary, but he could be recruited by a Midwest team such as the Browns, Lions, or Bengals.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 12:21:00 PM

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has confirmed that the 49ers cannot keep CB Nate Clements on the roster at his $17 million cap figure.

Clements hasn't been cut yet, but it's coming. The Niners are in pursuit of some of the top free agent cornerbacks available, and they can't do much while Clements is holding them hostage. Clements' release should be announced today.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 11:19:00 AM

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that the 49ers have not yet cut ties with CB Nate Clements.

Maiocco concedes that he's "back-pedaling" after initially reporting Clements had been informed of his release. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora and ESPN's Adam Schefter both report Clements remains on the 49ers' roster and has not been told otherwise. Yet. Clements' $15 million in salary and bonuses is still extremely hefty for a cornerback whose performance is no longer elite. We'd still expect him to be cut if the 49ers "settle" for a corner like Johnathan Joseph if they don't land Nnamdi Asomugha.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 06:34:00 PM

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