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Mark Clayton is on the trade block

With T.J. Houshmandzadeh jumping aboard the Ravens ship, someone had to get thrown overboard.  Mark Clayton will be that someone.

As first indicated by Ross Tucker of SIRIUS and confirmed by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, Clayton has been made available for a trade.  Wilson writes that the team informed Clayton of their plans for him.  If they can’t deal him, Clayton is expected to be released.

A first-round pick in 2005, Clayton enjoyed a strong start to his career. He racked up 939 yards and five touchdowns in his second year, but injuries and inconsistency reversed his progress over the last three seasons.

Still, he was the closest thing to a reliable vertical threat that the Ravens had with Donte’ Stallworth out until midseason.  Clayton averaged over 15 yards-per-catch the last year years.

We’re not sure who is going to run the deep routes now in Baltimore.  It sounds strange, but 36-year-old Derrick Mason may make the most sense.

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28 Responses to “Mark Clayton is on the trade block”
  1. FinFan68 says: Sep 6, 2010 1:49 PM

    The Dolphins could use a vertical threat receiver…if he can still run and actually catch

  2. In & Out Burger says: Sep 6, 2010 1:50 PM

    Wow this would be an awful move if they really dumped him. I knew Florio didn’t write this when the accurate point was made that Clayton is the only realistic deep threat. Boldin can run a deep a route, but it will be different when people aren’t wary of a Larry Fitzgerald deep route. Cut Stallworth, or one their two younger guys.

  3. habibfromnewdehli says: Sep 6, 2010 1:54 PM

    No, dummy. Mason is going to continue to run the same come-back, and slant routes that he’s ran the last 7 years. And he’s going to continue to dominate while doing that. He’s not running any deep routes.
    As for who will? That’s a good question. They’ll probably be playing a lot of small ball. Not great for fantasy football, but it’ll probably win them enough games to make the playoffs for the third year in a row.

  4. Hauschild says: Sep 6, 2010 1:57 PM

    Don’t all YELL at once.

  5. BigBear123 says: Sep 6, 2010 1:57 PM

    Cut the felon and keep the proven Clayton. NFL is turning into a felon rehab league.

  6. DeuceDeuce13 says: Sep 6, 2010 2:01 PM

    Stupid. Clayton has looked great ever since we picked up boldin

  7. Legend says: Sep 6, 2010 2:03 PM

    Ravens are harkening back the the 2002 Oakland Raiders who went to the superbowl with an ancient Tim Brown and prehistoric Jerry Rice. Worked wonders for that Raider team and will help Flacco out tons.

  8. blmonroe12 says: Sep 6, 2010 2:03 PM

    If it wasn’t Ozzie Newsome, I would question these moves. Having your #2 WR on the wrong side of 30, signing a #3 who has alienated his last 2 franchises and garnered no interest as a free agent, and signing a #4 who was wearing an ankle bracelet at home last year is a little bit of a risk..
    But hey, this guy built a great franchise thats done nothing but win for 10yrs so you have to trust him..

  9. jediwrstlr says: Sep 6, 2010 2:09 PM

    hahahahahahahhahahahaha
    aaaaahhhhhhhhhaahahahahahahahahahaaha

  10. pilot08 says: Sep 6, 2010 2:09 PM

    Panthers will get him. He would count towards their “youth movement” and could be a good #2 or #3 with 89 and Jarrett/Lafell

  11. QJ1984 says: Sep 6, 2010 2:09 PM

    And all in an effort to preserve a roster spot for Special team fodder Marcus Smith. This is rediculous. I guess the Ravens dont know that in order for Joe Flacco to use his strong arm and fling the ball deep, they have to have someone that can get down there to catch it.
    I think Harbaugh is making it clear that he wants HIS guys.

  12. Bazooka Joe says: Sep 6, 2010 2:09 PM

    In & Out Burger says:
    September 6, 2010 1:50 PM
    Wow this would be an awful move if they really dumped him. I knew Florio didn’t write this when the accurate point was made that Clayton is the only realistic deep threat. Boldin can run a deep a route, but it will be different when people aren’t wary of a Larry Fitzgerald deep route. Cut Stallworth, or one their two younger guys.
    Yeah, because that would leave Flacco only with the options of throwing to Derrick Mason, TJ Houshmanzadeh, Todd Heap, Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta, and Ray Rice.
    Yeah, people won’t be wary of those secondary options.

  13. Ray Ray is soft says: Sep 6, 2010 2:09 PM

    This is a dumb move…if he is cut,who will be the backup? This Wr core has no youth.

  14. Ravensatron says: Sep 6, 2010 2:13 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how he, along with Deion Branch and Michael Clayton, have remained in the NFL

  15. myspaceyourface says: Sep 6, 2010 2:23 PM

    If Baltimore cut their fellons, they wouldn’t have enough guys to field a team.

  16. NFLJunkie says: Sep 6, 2010 2:24 PM

    Let’s cue all of the “Vikings will get him” posts.

  17. TylerRDunn says: Sep 6, 2010 2:29 PM

    Clayton is a good weapon. Letting him go would be a bad move. But what do you expect? It is the Ravens. They wouldn’t know a good offensive weapon if it hit them in the head apart from lucking out on Ray Rice.

  18. 100 no's and 1 yes still mean yes says: Sep 6, 2010 2:33 PM

    Yea he averaged 14 yards a catch while also averaging about 27 catches a year sucks he couldn’t drop the injury bug really liked him despite his sub par play good luck wherever u end up mark

  19. ppdoc13 says: Sep 6, 2010 2:35 PM

    Much as I like Mark Clayton as a person (he really is one of the good guys in the NFL), he has never become the #1 receiver they envisioned. He has speed and good hands, but can not get off bump coverage to save his life. An average to above average cover corner gives him problems. I thought that as the #3 or #4 he would excel, but TJ even at age 32 is an upgrade over Clayton. Ozzie is all in on his hand. I hope that the mixture of egos doesn’t become toxic.

  20. football genius says: Sep 6, 2010 2:43 PM

    He really never panned out, especially as a #1. Now that they have Boldin, Mason, Housh, Reed, and 3 TE’s, they’re stacked.

  21. rovibe says: Sep 6, 2010 2:49 PM

    Uhhh… Minnesota? Rice is out. Clayton opposite ?Berrian, and Harvin can go back to the slot.

  22. Dr Hiram J Puddlestone says: Sep 6, 2010 2:51 PM

    We’re gonna trade Mark Clayton…..
    To Seattle for Pete Carroll at CB

  23. Ravenator says: Sep 6, 2010 2:56 PM

    Interesting day today. Jets get financially raped by Revis and the Ravens get a huge bargain on Houshmandzadeh. Just putting that out there…

  24. In & Out Burger says: Sep 6, 2010 3:00 PM

    @Bazooka Joe
    You missed the point entirely. When Ray Rice runs a good flare route than we’ll talk.

  25. mwcarolina says: Sep 6, 2010 3:02 PM

    i hope either the Redskins trade for him, give up a 5th round pick or 6th round pick and maybe Devin Thomas. If not them, the Panthers could take him and so could Miami and it would be another Mark Clayton in Miami.

  26. Macadamia says: Sep 6, 2010 3:11 PM

    First Troy Smith and Demterius Williams…and now this. Are the Ravens finally seeing the light on guys who just have not and will not ever meet expectations?

  27. You're Wrong says: Sep 6, 2010 3:23 PM

    ” Clayton averaged over 15 yards-per-catch the last year years.”
    the PFT editors have clearly been working overtime.

  28. NFLJunkie says: Sep 6, 2010 5:57 PM

    rovibe, maybe the Vikings should sign any and every player who is available? It’s funny how the Vikings come up every time a player is available.

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