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Clements, Lawson never got it done with 49ers

The 49ers traded up into the first round of the 2006 draft to acquire Manny Lawson, and then a year later made Nate Clements the highest-paid defender in NFL history with the intention both would become cornerstones of a defense that would climb among the NFL's elite. It didn't quite work out that way, and now both will be playing against the 49ers on Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals.

With Clements as San Francisco's No. 1 cornerback and Lawson in a pivotal role at left outside linebacker, the two were together four seasons as starters with the 49ers, though Lawson's 2007 season was abbreviated to two games due to a season-ending knee injury, and Clements played only seven games in 2009 due to a season-ending shoulder injury. In those four seasons, when Clements and Lawson...

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