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Clements Says He Plans On Returning To the Niners

The San Jose Mercury News reports that CB Nate Clements says he wants to be back in the Bay 2011.

Like quarterback Alex Smith, cornerback Nate Clements is acting as if he will be back with the 49ers despite an unresolved contract situation. During a break in workouts with a handful of 49ers teammates Monday, Clements said he wants to return in 2011. “Absolutely, ” Clements said. “I never said I didn’t. That’s not really an issue.” To stick around, however, Clements, 31, will have to accept a pay cut. He is in line to make more than $15 million in this season and Comcast Sports Net Bay Area reported in January that the 49ers will ask him to rework his deal or risk being released. The eight-year, $80 million pact Clements signed in 2007 calls for him to make $7.25 in non-guaranteed salary for 2011 and another $7.95 million in likely-to-be earned incentives, according to CSN.

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