Sources: Clements won't return under current deal

Sources: Clements won't return under current deal

Jan. 13, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comVeteran cornerback Nate Clements will be asked to accept a reduced salary in order to return to the 49ers in 2011, according to team and league sources familiar with his contract.Clements signed a free-agent deal with the 49ers on March 3, 2007, that had a reported value of eight years, 80 million. But the contract was backloaded with more than 50 million in non-guaranteed money scheduled to be earned in the final four years of the arrangement.
The 49ers want to retain Clements in 2011, but only at what it deems to be an acceptable salary, sources told Comcast SportsNet.RELATED: Nate Clements career statisticsClements, 31, a 10-year veteran, is scheduled to earn a non-guaranteed salary of 7.25 million in 2011 with another 7.95 million available in "likely-to-be-earned" incentives.The potential that Clements could receive more than 15 million in 2011 makes it a certainty he will not return to the 49ers at that price, sources said. The 49ers have 15 players on the team who are unsigned for next season. Clements, in essence, is the 16th.Clements told CSN during the final week of the season he expects to play for the 49ers in 2011."I signed a contract and I plan to live up to it," Clements said. "I'm not really worried about that. I'm confident in my ability. I understand that this is a business and change is made every year. So I'm not really worried about whether I'm here or not. But I signed a contract and I'm plan on being here."The 49ers are expected to approach Clements in the next six weeks to negotiate a new deal. If the sides are unable to reach an agreement, the 49ers would release Clements -- either before the collective bargaining agreement expires on March 3 or after the new CBA is agreed upon.RELATED: NFL leaders in interceptionsIf the 49ers release Clements, they would have no further financial obligations to him and he would become a free agent.Clements started all 16 games this past season and ranked third on the team, behind linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes, with 82 tackles. He intercepted three passes and forced three fumbles. He has 10 interceptions with the 49ers in the four seasons since arriving as a free agent from the Buffalo Bills.The 49ers ranked 13th in the NFL in total defense in 2010, but were 24th against the pass. The opposition completed 65.1 percent of its pass attempts against the 49ers and compiled a combined 90.0 passer rating. The 49ers lost their first five games of the season and finished with a 6-10 record."Everybody had a part in basically underachieving this year, myself included," Clements said "I'm very disappointed."

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."