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Bucs continue to try to unload Michael Clayton

M. Clayton.jpgIt’s hard to trust any front office that doesn’t know how to evaluate their own roster.

The Bucs handed wide receiver Michael Clayton a five-year deal with $10.5 million in guarantees last February, and now they are trying to unload him.

Good luck with that.

Clayton will likely be released eventually.  The former No. 15 overall pick has never lacked for effort, but how could they think he was worth the money after five disappointing years with the team?

To make up for that mistake, the Bucs hit the draft hard at wideout. The Bucs think rookie receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike
Williams will both be starters, possibly right away.

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times also says defensive tackles Chris Hovan and Ryan Sims are available.  PFT hears Sims is not being shopped because of his lower base salary. 

It will be tough to get anything for either player considering John Henderson didn’t interest anyone.

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16 Responses to “Bucs continue to try to unload Michael Clayton”
  1. contract says: Apr 26, 2010 9:25 AM

    “The Bucs handed wide receiver Michael Clayton a five-year deal with $10.5 million in guarantees last February”
    Why? The guy hasn’t cracked the 500 yd & 2 td threshold since his rookie season. Talk about throwing good money after bad money!

  2. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Apr 26, 2010 9:30 AM

    Well, at least Dominik won’t let his ego get the better of him, by continuing to throw good money after bad. They made a decision to give Clayton a new contract to see if his “bruised psyche” (give me a break) could recover from his years of taking the brunt of Gruden’s lashings, but it didn’t work out.
    While most comments will be degrading Dominik and Rah from anything from their post-TD celebrations to their speech, I’ll applaud the new regime for knowing when to cut their losses (Gaines Adams, Dexter Jackson, and now Michael Clayton). All the great teams do it: PIT – Burress, Holmes, NE – Chad Jackson. Coaches/G.M.s, who fall in love with their draft picks, do so at the peril of their franchise.
    Good Draft, Dom!

  3. Mean D says: Apr 26, 2010 9:38 AM

    It’s very simple. The Bucs’ HC and GM are the least experience in the NFL. And it is true that last year they gave Clayton – a huge bust that had basically sat on the bench the last few years – 26 million over 5 years. Nobody will give anything for this turd.

  4. DanSnyder says: Apr 26, 2010 9:49 AM

    They won’t get anything for them at all. Trust me as a redskins fan I have seen this past offseason that veteran player value is at an all-time low.
    Mcnabb for a second this year and 4th in 2011, Santonio Holmes for a 5th rounder, Antonio Cromartie for a 3rd rounder, Leon Washington for a 5th rounder, Jason Campbell for a 2012 4th rounder.
    Skins havent been able to move their own players that actually produce. We’ve been trying to trade both Andre Carter who had 11 sacks last season but have found no takers as well as Rocky Mcintosh who had a good season.
    This offseason has been a buyers market for sure. Bucs are better off keeping Clayton for depth and experience even as a #3.

  5. eanumber6 says: Apr 26, 2010 9:52 AM

    go get em cleveland!!!

  6. Larry David says: Apr 26, 2010 10:01 AM

    Tampa is the new Oakland. This franchise is gonna be a mess for years to come.

  7. bigbluefla says: Apr 26, 2010 10:23 AM

    The Bucs don’t spend any money in free agency for two years but had to give this douche bag 25 million. Another great move by the moron brothers.

  8. rocknrollsinger says: Apr 26, 2010 10:27 AM

    Tampa is definitely not the new Oakland. Anyone who says that is obviously not paying any attention. The Bucs made the conscious decision last year to “go young” instead of putting another series of band-aids all over their various limbs in an effort to be “competitive”. As fans, we all knew that these band aids might keep the team relevant in the division, but would never be enough to return them to Super Bowl glory.
    Dominick/Morris have said that they want the local community to have a relationship with the players by the time the team turns it around. They are following the blueprint of success from the late 90’s early 00’s Bucs teams. Also, this young team should have several years to grow together. The rest of the NFC South had better look out…, maybe not this year, but 2011, 2012. The tide is turning at the rate that it should be. I just hope the fans will buy tickets.

  9. AlDavisIsGod says: Apr 26, 2010 10:52 AM

    Attention Larry David:
    You’re an idiot. Tampa is the same old Tampa. They’ve been the laughingstock of the NFL since they came into the league. Nothing has changed. The Raiders have had a bad run since their last Superbowl appearance but will once again return to dominance.

  10. Okey says: Apr 26, 2010 11:38 AM

    …..”It’s hard to trust any front office that doesn’t know how to evaluate their own roster.”
    What else can be expected with a GM and Coach that have NO experience, ARE NOT qualified to have the position they have and have shown time and time again that they have NO clue!!!
    Back to the bottom of the League for the Bucs until these guys are replaced with true, quality, proven, knowledgable guys!!!

  11. Bucfs says: Apr 26, 2010 12:35 PM

    Michael Clayton is a tough SOB. He plays tough, unfortnately he can’t catch…
    I think he’ll get redemption when he is released or traded. He’ll play a lot better for another team

  12. Slow Joe says: Apr 26, 2010 12:54 PM

    Attention Larry David:
    You’re an idiot. Tampa is the same old Tampa. They’ve been the laughingstock of the NFL since they came into the league. Nothing has changed. The Raiders have had a bad run since their last Superbowl appearance but will once again return to dominance.

    …says the guy whose team’s last winning season ended in a 48-21 destruction by the “laughingstock” Bucs. Talk about being a hypocrite. We’ve made the playoffs twice since that Super Bowl. How have the Raiders done?

  13. brasho says: Apr 26, 2010 1:26 PM

    AlDavisIsGod says:
    April 26, 2010 10:52 AM
    Attention Larry David:
    You’re an idiot. Tampa is the same old Tampa. They’ve been the laughingstock of the NFL since they came into the league. Nothing has changed. The Raiders have had a bad run since their last Superbowl appearance but will once again return to dominance.
    __________________________
    Right, Tampa’s a laughinstock! I’m still laughing about the 48-21 Super Bowl thrashing the Bucs gave the Raiders. BTW, if this team is such a laughingstock, then why was last season only their 3rd losing season since 1997? Considering the Raiders haven’t HAD a winning season since 2002, I would shut the hell up.
    Tampa’s schedule this season is as soft as JaMarcus Russell’s ample mid-section, with Josh Freeman (franchise QB) improving, the added talent upfront on D, 9-7 is not out of the question and the team is a lock NOT to lose 10 games.

  14. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 26, 2010 1:52 PM

    Buc’s still have Sammie Stroughter, don’t they? (Name may be horribly misspelled) That guy is a good reciever, I don’t think the Bucs will be too hurt losing Clayton.

  15. cover2blitz0 says: Apr 27, 2010 2:21 AM

    I like it us bucs fans standing their ground together from all the crap people try to throw around good comments guys… and you spelled it right govikes and yeah we still have him

  16. Captfear88 says: Apr 27, 2010 10:00 AM

    Don’t get me started on the whole “youth movement”! The elite teams, the one’s with experience in the FO, manage to phase in new talent while remaining competitive. Ref: Eagles, Patriots, Colts… The Bucs were 9-7 two years in a row with the so-called band-aid approach, totally unacceptable (sarcasm on full). I believe that band-aid approach and bringing in key free agents won us the SB.
    Since Gruden won the SB it was always rumored he wasn’t allowed to pick the players he wanted; (ex. Calvin Johnson). The other knock was that he never developed a young QB – did everyone forget Chris Simms and that he lead us to the playoffs before getting his spleen knocked out?? Again, Gruden’s fault. I guess he was dead-on with benching Clayton, Galloway and a whole slew of others when they didn’t produce, NOT because he didn’t like them anymore and put them in his “doghouse” WAAAAH! Bottom line is, if he did it once, he could do it again!
    The new regime won’t pay for proven talents like Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson or Boldin but they give this stiff 25 mil!#@!? Come on! Thanks AGAIN for ZERO prime-time games!
    GO BUCS!

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