Giants bringing Michael Clayton in for workout

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.

16 responses to “Giants bringing Michael Clayton in for workout

  1. Hey if the Giants want to sign the former Tampa Bay Blocking Icon. Where do they plan to use him? I loved Clayton down here during his breakout rookie season. Since then. Jack Squat.

  2. Isn’t there a better word for “tryouts”?
    You know, like “post” a message sounds more advanced than “fingerpeck” a message.

  3. To all the Tampa fans – It’s not like they were pursuing him in the offseason. They have most of their WRs either hurt for weeks or on IR. They need a body to have on the bench because, right now, if another WR goes down they don’t have one to replace him with. Are Giants fans thrilled by this? Hell no! But what else can the team do but try to find a healthy castoff who has SOME experience. Ten games down, not like there’s a HOF quality WR waiting by the phone for NY to call. If he’s all that’s left, then that’s who they have to try to sign.

  4. Why not use the 150k towards a contract for Kevin Curtis? At least Curtis is pretty much guaranteed to show up. Unless Clayton is just leverage.

  5. I was hoping for Curtis as well. Supposedly they already brought him in. I think they might be looking at Clayton just because he has been playing SOMEWHERE recently. Hasn’t Curtis been out of football for a while? I know he underwent treatment for testicular cancer (it even hurts to write that).

  6. Last I heard, Curtis was favoring Detroit because he thinks he’ll stick there. Anyone coming in for the Giants knows they are gone as soon as Smith and Nicks heal. Makes sense for him to stay in Detroit if he can make the team for this year and maybe next.

  7. They are better off just throwing to no one if all of the reserve receivers go down. The ghost receiver will probably catch more balls than Mike too :).

  8. gcsuk says:
    Nov 23, 2010 9:29 AM
    I was hoping for Curtis as well. Supposedly they already brought him in. I think they might be looking at Clayton just because he has been playing SOMEWHERE recently. Hasn’t Curtis been out of football for a while? I know he underwent treatment for testicular cancer (it even hurts to write that).

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    Define “Playing somewhere” Clayton didn’t do much playing. He dropped a lot of passes though.

  9. Clayton was the 2nd best WR on the Nighthawks (Robert Ferguson was much better) but I hope he catches on with the Giants.

    As for the fee, it is negotiable and from what the UFL has been saying I don’t think the timing (before the UFL Championship) will stand in Clayton’s way.

  10. fezaz says:
    Nov 23, 2010 9:59 AM
    Clayton was the 2nd best WR on the Nighthawks (Robert Ferguson was much better) but I hope he catches on with the Giants.

    As for the fee, it is negotiable and from what the UFL has been saying I don’t think the timing (before the UFL Championship) will stand in Clayton’s way.

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    2nd best on the NIGHTHAWKS?? That’s like saying I came in second place in a race against 5 one-legged men… In the end, you still got beaten by a one-legged man!

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