Bengals have seemingly filled the void left by Johnathan Joseph temporarily by picking up veteran Corner Nate Clements. The contract is currently undisclosed but it’s assumed it will be less then the $9.75 million a year that Joseph is receiving in Houston.
Clements offers a much needed veteran presence to a very young defense. With the Bengals not re-signing LB Dhani Jones or SS Roy Williams, (yet) Clements can replace some on field leadership the two brought to the team.
Clements has had a solid career throughout. He may only have 1 pro bowl under his belt, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had a great career. And he has unquestionable durability, out of 160 possible games during his career Clements has played in 150 of them (Starting 144). Clements averages over 3 Interceptions a year along with nearly 2 Forced Fumbles.
For Buckeye fans the name Nate Clements may ring a few bells. He played 3 years for Ohio State from from 1998-2001 (Cooper’s last season). Making All Big 10 his junior season, then foregoing his senior year he declared for the NFL draft where he went in the 1st round to Bill (21st overall)
All in all, I love the pick. He’s the perfect fit for a season or 2 while the Bengals can address the future at corner via draft. Giving the Bengals stability at the corner position opposite the Leon Hall (who needs to be locked down long term ASAP).