Report: 49ers will ask Nate Clements to take a pay cut

The San Francisco 49ers will ask Nate Clements to take a pay cut in 2011.

Otherwise, the veteran cornerback will not be asked to return.

According to a report by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Clements has a base salary of $7.25 million in 2011 with another $7.95 million in likely-to-be-earned incentives and the team is not going to pay him more than $15 million. It’s part of the $80 million, eight-year contract Clements signed in 2011, a deal that was heavily backloaded.

“I understand that this is a business and change is made every year,” Clements told CSN before the season ended. “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."

So, look for the 49ers to approach Clements about a salary reduction in the coming weeks. Otherwise, he’ll be a free agent at some point.

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