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Old 03-01-2007, 03:30 PM    (permalink
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It’s a foregone conclusion that Nate Clements will become a very, very rich young man in the next 72 hours.

Also, it’s widely assumed that the Browns will be at or near the front of the Clements’ line starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

And, according to sources on both sides of the equation, both parties are willing to do whatever it takes to turn that assumption into a reality.

A source close to Clements tells The OBR that Cleveland is “far and away” the destination preferred by the sixth-year corner.

“If the money’s right, and close to anything anybody else offers, he’ll be coming home,” the source said of the Shaker Heights native.

For their part, a Browns source says that Clements is “the (LeCharles) Bentley of our 2007 free-agent class.” In other words, he has become the club’s top target once the bell tolls on free agency.
Of course, the two sides are forbidden by NFL rules (wink wink, nudge nudge) from speaking before the start of free agency, but that hasn’t stopped feelers from being put out and league insiders to get a feel for the direction the Clements recruiting will take.

One NFL front office source tells The OBR that he will be “utterly amazed” if the Browns don’t break the bank for Clements. “They know (Gary) Baxter won’t be back. And how good would (Leigh) Bodden look with Clements on the other side of the field? You’d take a very good player (Bodden) and turn him into a Pro Bowl-level type talent.”

“Everyone around the league is waiting for the Browns to set the bar (on Clements’ contract).”

If indeed the Browns do make a run at Clements—which is as close to an absolute certainty as you can get—they could find the Tennessee Titans standing in the way of a signing. Word around the league is that the Titans are seriously considering making a run at the ex-Ohio State corner.
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He's a fool if he goes there. He'll probably end up just like LeCharles... having a career that could possibly be over.
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He's a fool if he goes there. He'll probably end up just like LeCharles... having a career that could possibly be over.

Or like Gary Baxter.
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Eh, it's his hometown team. He grew up in Ohio, went to Ohio State, and probably loved the Browns. I would be incredibly happy to see Clements land in that type of situation, but maybe I am the only one.
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Clements will be grossly overpaid. I would be worried he reverts to his '05 complacency, where he wasn't good at all. He bounced back in '06, in a contract year, that always concerns me.
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I'm worried about the same thing too. I don't think he's as good as people give him credit for especially since most players overperform in a contract year in order to get those extra dollars.
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2005 was a contract year also, he was franchised last year.
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Apparently he was on a Houston related talk show and said that he'd love to play in Houston as well as long as the money was right, but what FA doesnt say that??? I also heard that he lives in the Houston area in the offseason and is building a home there.....anyone think hes got a chance to be a Texan?
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Yes it was technically a 'contract year,' but he knew he was going to be franchised. In '06, he knew that the team couldn't franchise him, thus it was time for him to make the big bucks.
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Apparently he was on a Houston related talk show and said that he'd love to play in Houston as well as long as the money was right, but what FA doesnt say that??? I also heard that he lives in the Houston area in the offseason and is building a home there.....anyone think hes got a chance to be a Texan?
If they pay him Champ Bailey money, sure. Actually, if I am Houston, having two talented cover corners is probably the best chance to contain the Colts.
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ya really? who the hell would wanna go to the browns? they r going nowhere- even if they have money to pour @ him i dont see him going there
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Yeah because the Giants are so great.
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Eh, it's his hometown team. He grew up in Ohio, went to Ohio State, and probably loved the Browns. I would be incredibly happy to see Clements land in that type of situation, but maybe I am the only one.
i appreciate the encouraging words. as a browns fan, they are few and far between.
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Uh, how about someone who grew up a Brown's fan and realized they actually are an up and coming team, and will have a pretty damn good defense next year. If they offer him enough money, he will be there.

I'm amazed at all the haters out there of one of the oldest franchizes in the NFL. It's not like they are the Bengals of the 90's. What will you all do when the Brown's start winning?
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I'm hoping he becomes a Brown. If we can land Clements alongside any one of the top OGs out there (Dielman, Steinbach, Dockery, Davis) I would splooge. Hopefully more news pours out as the night progresses...
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He's rumored to go to about every team but he will be overpaid, he is asking to be the highest paid corner in the league, and while teams may not offer Champ type money he won't be far off with his demands, some team will give him an offer around what he wants.
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