With starting receiver Steve Smith out into December due to a pectoral injury and fellow starting receiver Hakeem Nicks reportedly out for three weeks with a foot injury, the receiver-needy Giants may be getting ready to write a check for $150,000.
A league source tells us that the Giants will be bringing in former NFL and current UFL receiver Michael Clayton for a workout.
The timing isn’t clear. The memo recently sent by the NFL to all teams contemplates that no tryouts will occur until after Friday’s UFL championship game. Clayton played for the Nighthawks, who did not qualify for the title game.
Last week, the UFL’s first-ever controversy arose when word surfaced that the league plans to enforce the $150,000 “transfer fee” through February 2011 for any player signed to an active NFL roster over the balance of the NFL season. After sending mixed signals, the UFL ultimately opted to stick with its plan to charge the fee.
It remains to be seen whether the fee will be paid by the Giants or by Clayton himself. He entered the league in 2004 as a first-round pick of the Buccaneers, and he started 11 games in 2009 for the Bucs.