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Report: 49ers to release Nate Clements

07.28.11 at 12:21 pm ET

According to a tweet from Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the 49ers have informed cornerback Nate Clements that they will be releasing him. The team had given the former Bills’ first-round pick an eight-year, $80 million contract prior to the 2007 season, which at the time was the biggest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.

Clements had 82 tackles and three interceptions last season, which were both the most he had since his debut season in San Francisco.

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