Top corners in San Francisco skipping voluntary work

Hopes are running high this offseason in San Francisco as the 49ers believe they are poised to compete for the title in the NFC West. Who isn’t confident with Kurt Warner out of the picture now?

The Niners will not have to defend against the future Hall of Fame quarterback any longer, but they are looking to improve their pass defense and that’s where OTA’s have been interesting thus far. Starting cornerbacks Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer are staying away from the voluntary workouts to this point, reports David White of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Obviously as a coach, you always want to see the guys," coach Mike Singletary said. "I told Nate and Shawntae, `Hey, guys, you're men. You do what you have to do. You know what we're trying to get done here and I trust that.’

"They know when we bring it and get ready to go, they have to be ready to go. I don't worry about that at all."

Clements is reportedly rehabilitating his way back from a shoulder injury in Arizona. Spencer is working out on his own in Pittsburgh.

The absence of the front two men could have one positive effect. It’s allowing the backups more reps and that is keeping Tarell Brown, Karl Paymah and rookie draft pick Phillip Adams busy. The Niners also recently signed veteran Will James. Maybe they knew they were going to require some depth this spring.

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