Longtime top NFL performer has played in all but two Bengals games since joining Cincinnati as a free agent for 2011 ... Played in 15 games with nine starts in 2012, adding work at safety to his former CB duties ... Started 15 games at LCB in ’11, and started his first career playoff game ... Led ’11 team in passes defensed (14) and also had a key blocked FG ... One of the NFL’s most productive corners over the bulk of his career, posting 36 INTs and 23 forced fumbles ... Has scored nine TDs ... A first-round draft choice of Buffalo in 2001, he played six seasons for the Bills before moving to the 49ers for 2007-10.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Buffalo in first round of 2001 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed 3-2-07 with San Francisco as unrestricted free agent ... Released by San Francisco on 7-28-11 ... Signed with Bengals as free agent on 8-1-11.
PRO BOWL PARTICIPATION: Has played in one Pro Bowl ... Played for AFC in 2004 season (game at Honolulu) and had a four-yard INT return of Michael Vick pass, an additional pass defensed, three tackles and two special teams tackles.
2012 GENERAL: Played in 15 games (Games 1-3 and 4-16) ... Credited with nine starts — three at LCB (Games 1-2 and 16), five at SS (Games 3, 5-7 and 10) and one as a nickel back (Game 8) ... Started at SS in Wild Card playoff game as replacement for injured Chris Crocker ... Inactive for Game 4 due to calf injury ... Totaled 48 tackles, an INT, five passes defensed and a forced fumble ... Two special teams tackles ... Also had a QB pressure and a tackle-for-loss.
2012 GAME-BY-GAME: Eight tackles (tied for lead in secondary) Sept. 16. vs. Cleveland ... Third on team in tackles (nine) Sept. 23 at Washington, in his first Bengals start at SS ... Eight tackles and a pass defensed Oct. 7 vs. Miami, and thwarted a Dolphins threat with forced fumble against Jovorskie Lane at Cincinnati 11 (Bengals recovered) ... Two tackles and a pass defensed Nov. 4 vs. Denver ... On Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, intercepted an Eli Manning pass in third quarter and returned it 21 yards to Bengals 16, setting up a TD ... Four tackles Nov. 18 at Kansas City ... One pass defensed Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, along with one special teams tackle ... One special teams tackle Dec. 13 at Philadelphia ... One tackle Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... Four tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore ... Nine tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
TOP 10 PLAYMAKER: Since 2004, Clements ranks third among all NFL defensive backs in forced fumbles (22) ... Since 2001, he ranks tied for sixth among all defensive players in TDs (nine) ... Since 2002, he ranks eighth among all players in INTs (33).
A MEMORABLE FIRST: Clements logged the first of his 35 career INTs in just his second pro game, and it was anything but routine. The quarterback in the 9-23-01 was game was Peyton Manning of Indianapolis, and Clements returned the pick 48 yards for a TD.
NINE TIMES SIX: Clements’s nine career TDs have come on five INT returns, two punt returns and two blocked FG returns:
● INTERCEPTION RETURNS—48-yard INT return Sept. 23, 2001 at Indianapolis (QB Peyton Manning); 29-yard INT return Oct. 20, 2002 at Miami (QB Ray Lucas); 54-yard INT return Sept. 21, 2003 at Miami (QB Jay Fiedler); 30-yard INT return Jan. 2, 2005 vs. Pittsburgh (QB Tommy Maddox); 58-yard INT return Dec. 10, 2006 at N.Y. Jets (QB Chad Pennington).
● PUNT RETURNS—66-yard punt return Nov. 4, 2001 vs. Indianapolis; 86-yard punt return Nov. 21, 2004 vs. St. Louis.
● BLOCKED FG RETURNS—74-yard blocked FG return Oct. 19, 2008 at N.Y. Giants; 59-yard blocked FG return Sept. 27, 2009 at Minnesota.
MORE FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2001—Played every game as a rookie, with 11 starts, making first start Oct. 18 at Jacksonville ... Led team with three INTs, most by a Bills rookie since 1979 ... Selected by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year ... Took a punt return 66 yards for a TD Nov. 4 vs. Indianapolis.
2002—Led Bills in INTs for the second straight year, getting six (tied for his full career high) to tie for second in AFC ... Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance Oct. 20 at Miami, when he tied a Bills record with three INTs and returned one 29 yards for a TD ... Had a 42-yard INT and four total passes defensed in win Dec. 29 vs. Bengals.
2003—Led Bills for third straight year in INTs (three) ... In season-opening win Sept. 7 vs. New England, he stopped a scoring threat by intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the end zone ... Had two INTs against Jay Fiedler on Sept. 21 at Miami, including a 54-yarder for a TD.
2004—Led Bills for fourth straight year in INTs (tied career high with six), and he earned Pro Bowl honors ... Had career-best five forced fumbles ... Had 86-yard punt return for TD, the longest of his nine career scores, Nov. 21 vs. St. Louis ... Had 30-yard INT return for a TD in season finale vs. Pittsburgh.
2005—Posted career-high 127 tackles while starting every Bills game ... Five games of 10 or more tackles ... Contributed an INT and a forced fumble to 20-14 win Oct. 9 vs. Miami.
2006—Logged a career-high 26 passes defensed for Bills, including three INTs ... Keyed Nov. 19 win at Houston with an INT, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery ... Had 58-yard INT for a TD in win Nov. 10 at N.Y. Jets.
2007—In first year with San Francisco, started 16 games for the sixth consecutive season ... Tied for team lead with four INTs ... Led team in passes defensed (18) and forced fumbles (three) ... Co-winner with LB Patrick Willis of Bill Walsh Award, given to team MVP ... In first career Monday Night Football appearance, Sept. 10 vs. Arizona, he helped limit WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald to combined 42 yards.
2008—Started 15 games for 49ers ... His one missed game, Dec. 7 vs. N.Y. Jets due to thumb injury, snapped his string of 119 consecutive starts ... Seven tackles and a crucial forced fumble in overtime win Sept. 14 at Seattle ... Scored on a 74-yard blocked FG return Oct. 19 at N.Y. Giants.
2009—Played less than 15 games for the only time in his career, limited to seven 49ers contests due to a fractured scapula suffered Nov. 1 at Indianapolis ... Career-high five passes defensed Sept. 20 vs. Seattle ... On Sept. 28 at Minnesota, returned a blocked FG attempt 59 yards for a TD.
2010—Started every game for San Francisco, tying for team lead with three INTs and leading team in forced fumbles (three) and passes defensed (15) ... Opened his 10th NFL season with a bang, intercepting a Matt Hasselbeck pass on first scrimmage play Sept. 12 at Seattle ... Had seven tackles and a 39-yard INT return Oct. 3 at Atlanta ... Intercepted Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck for the second time on the season in Dec. 12 home game.
2011—Started for Bengals at LCB in Games 1-11 and 13-16, and in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh due to hamstring injury ... Logged 75 tackles (sixth on team) and had two INTs ... Led team in passes defensed (14), tied for team lead in fumble recoveries (two), and tied for second in forced fumbles (two) ... Also had a key blocked FG ... Tied for team lead in combined fumbles forced/recovered (four) ... One of two Bengals on the season to log an entry in every column of official defensive stat sheet (tackles, sacks, passes defensed, INTs, forced fumbles and recovered fumbles) ... On Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, his fumble recovery of a botched snap late in fourth quarter helped thwart Jaguars comeback effort ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, blocked a 52-yard Adam Vinatieri FG attempt in fourth quarter, preserving 20-17 Bengals lead ... Also vs. Indianapolis, forced fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark in first quarter, and Bengals recovered to set up a TD drive ... On Nov. 6 at Tennessee, caused and recovered a fumble by TE Jared Cook in fourth quarter, ending Tennessee’s last good chance at a comeback ... On Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, assisted on three-yard tackle-for-loss of RB Peyton Hillis in the fourth quarter, and on next play had a third-down pass defensed, both helping to set up field position for Bengals game-winning FG drive ... Helped key win Dec. 18 at St. Louis with four third-down stops — one on a tackle-for-loss, one on a sack and two on passes defensed ... On Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, intercepted John Skelton pass in second quarter, setting up TD drive for 17-0 lead ... In Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston, tied for secondary lead in tackles (six) and had a pass defensed.COLLEGE: Played three seasons (1998-2000) at Ohio State, entering NFL Draft after his junior season ... Saw action in 36 games with 24 starts ... Finished career with 177 tackles, seven INTs and 22 passes defensed ... Also averaged 12.0 yards on 58 punt returns ... First-team All-Big Ten choice in 2000.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Shaker Heights, Ohio ... Attended Shaker Heights High School, where he was a USA Today prep All-America selection ... Married (wife Melissa), with four children (BrookLynn, Ace, Major and Phoenix) ... General studies major at Ohio State ... Active in community service; has been among the most frequent attendees in 49ers and Bengals Tuesday community programs ... Hobbies include golf, basketball and card-collecting.