With one underachieving former first-round pick already gone from Tampa, another one could be not far behind.
As the folks at JoeBucsFan.com point out, receiver Michael Clayton seems to be a good candidate for a new location.
The problem is that Clayton, the 15th overall pick in the 2004 draft, has a base salary of $3 million, which no team would likely be thrilled to absorb, for the same reasons that the Bucs would be moving him. (In contrast, Gaines Adams is making only $900,000 this year, and the remaining base salaries on his rookie deal aren’t much higher.)
Clayton’s “I just ate popcorn” tendencies recently brought him under attack from coach Raheem Morris, who hasn’t been bashful about calling out players publicly. The Buccaneers conducted a Gong Show tryout on Tuesday, signing receiver Yamon Figurs.