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Bills could have traded Clements in 2006?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 1:36 pm

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the 49ers inquired about a trade for Nate Clements before the trade deadline in 2006.

That was the year in which Clements was playing under the one-year franchise player contract, with the promise that he would not be franchised again and was likely to depart via free agency the following offseason, which he did to the 49ers.

According to the story, the Bills denied the 49ers permission to speak with Clements’ agent about a contract extension, as San Francisco wanted him locked up long term prior to agreeing to a trade. And so the deal was never close to happening.

It is interesting though that the Bills reportedly had an opportunity to get something in return for Clements instead of just losing him to the high-priced free agent market.


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