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Clayton, Bucs Agree To Terms On 5-Year Deal

Posted Mar 1, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 1, 2009 at 01:00 AM

By ROY CUMMINGS
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TAMPA – Michael Clayton spent Saturday afternoon in Detroit and Saturday night in frigid Minneapolis. By Sunday afternoon he’ll be back in Tampa – to stay.

After a 24-hour test of the free agent market, Clayton canceled a trip to Seattle and agreed to terms on a new five-year contract with the Bucs.

“I haven’t signed it yet but it’s going to go down [today],’’ Clayton told the Tribune late Saturday. “It’s been a long day for me.’’

The day started with Clayton visiting the Lions. From there he was expected to go to Seattle but a call from the Bucs ended those plans.

“They called and told me not to get on the plane,’’ Clayton said. “They finally met the number we were looking for.’’

Financial details of the contract were not immediately available, but the deal made Clayton the fifth Bucs free agents to re-sign with the club.

He joins receiver Antonio Bryant, quarterback Luke McCown, defensive tackle Ryan Sims and safety Will Allen, who agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.35 million deal earlier on Saturday.

The Bucs have made signing their own free agents a top priority in this market and their actions so far have supported that approach.

Though they have reached out to several free agents from other clubs, only one – Raiders guard Cooper Carlisle - has visited the team and none have signed contracts with the Bucs.

The Bucs have, however, been actively pursuing trades. In addition to doing a deal for tight end Kellen Winslow on Friday, the Bucs tried to work a three-team trade for Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on Saturday, according to NFL.com.

Though it may have fallen apart much sooner, the Cutler trade disintegrated for good when the Patriots finalized a trade in which quarterback Matt Cassel was dealt to the Chiefs.

The Cassel trade was actually part of a bigger deal that included the trade of Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City, but the Bucs reportedly tried to break it up with their own trade offer.

The Bucs offer likely would have had a draft pick going to New England for Cassel, who would have then been dealt to the Broncos for Cutler, who emerged last season as one the NFL’s top young quarterbacks.

The Detroit Lions, who later traded former starter Jon Kitna to the Dallas Cowboys, were also believed to be working a deal similar to the one the Bucs drafted.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik did not return requests for comment on the reports during a day when the Bucs biggest success was the re-signing of reserve Clayton, their 2004 No. 1 draft pick.

Clayton has struggled to regain the form he showed as a rookie when he caught 80 balls for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns but the Bucs believe he could thrive again in new coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski’s scheme.

The Clayton deal came as several other Bucs, including safety Jermaine Phillips and cornerback Phillip Buchanon, were also attempting to learn their value on the open market.

The Bucs, meanwhile, appeared to be preparing for the possibility that Buchanon may get away by arranging meetings with the agents for several potential replacements.

Resevers Jabari Greer (Buffalo), Jamar Fletcher (Cincinnati) and Daven Holly (Cleveland) made up that list. The Bucs have also expressed interest in possibly signing Pittsburgh receiver Nate Washington and Packers defensive tackle Colin Cole, who could be brought in as a replacement for Jovan Haye, should Haye find a deal elsewhere.

Reporter Roy Cummings can be reached at (813) 259-7979.

Reader Comments

Por (mooseknuckle) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

we’re signing our own free agents cause no one wants em—cooper carlisle happened to take a wrong turn from ker’s winghouse and ended up @ football hell—i heard the glazers charged him parking.

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Por (:PapaJohn) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Well, if we can’t get FA’s, might as well re-sign our crap players.

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Por (Todd) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

TJ isn’t coming here so we need to focus on Nate Washington !!!!!!

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Por (WarrenV) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

WTF??? Clayton’s been a bitter disappointment the last 4yrs in a row and here he is again disappointing us by getting management to pay him to be with the Bucs again this year. He’s already out of favor with a lot of us fans so he’d better bring the magic in his game this year or I think the hate mail will begin. Tomorrow’s Sunday so I guess I’ll pray for Dummynik to complete at least a few great things. If not, his wife’s gonna be so pissed that he spent all weekend away for her and the kids and didn’t accomplish any great things that she might conk his head with a cooking pot.

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Por (Todd) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I think the reason they signed him is because they are affraid of not getting a deal done for any Reciever that is worth a crap. They have giving up on landing another reciever in FA. So we are stuck with him. Future looks bright !!! This is ridiculous.

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Por (Mark) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Re-signing Clayton for 5 years, what a joke. The biggest competition is to see who will be a bigger clubhouse cancer,
Winslow or Clayton. The only thing going for Clayton is size, ever since his rookie year he has dropped balls, ran poor routes, blocked awful and is slow. GM Dominincompoop looks as bad as Allen, and thats horrible. 2009 will be pathetic.

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Por (mooseknuckle) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Future’s so bright—gotta wear a blindfold.

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Por (G. Michael Reynolds) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Good signing.

Srsly.

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Por (HFXBUC) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Good signing.  We know he has the talent, how much of his regression was Gruden not trusting him? Our offence now has Winslow and Bryant as the 2 primary receiving options. Even thought Clayton might be our #2 receiver he is the 3rd receiver option and could into a beast on short underneath routes. I like keeping our young guys re-building around them.

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Por (bucfan4life) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

the cutler rumors are crap…the bronco’s said bs

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Por (Doug J) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Take a look at Denver.  They know how to work the FA market.  Dominik does not.  We must be working for the number 1 pick in the 2010 draft, if Domonik does not give it away for a player we don’t have a big need.  Dominik and Morris had better have thick skins, their going to need them.

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Por (bill livingston) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Sat morning I still had a lot of hope that we’d get things done. Now its Sunday morning and not one free agent signed with us other then our own. I’m starting to think that it’s not the new kids on the block. 61 million under the cap and nobody has signed. There was about 360 FA’s out there. Is it the fact that the Buc organization sucks so bad or the fact that the Glaziers won’t open their girly-girl purse’s.

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Por (lame) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

wow…signing clayton before even trying to sign housh….what a joke. clayton SUCKS as a pass catcher…the Yucks are back.

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Por (flajoe491) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Can’t understand this move . How many times is this jerk going to get to be a drive killer . When a first down is needed or a big play this guy chokes. I liked the Winslow move but this one baffles me . I’d rather see a big speedy reciever taken in the draft than resiging hands of stone Clayton . Clayton you suck!

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Por (ref813) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Great.  We finally sign a FA and it’s Clayton.  All is well with the Bucs now, I guess.  This is getting a bit ridiculous.  With Washington, Henderson, and T.J. available, we should have added a WR by now.  I don’t think T.J. wants to play for us, but the rest probably would for the right money.  Those who agree we should be cheap, which would include me most years, need to think about how many players were cut or entered FA.  Unless we’re going to start getting all of our players from Canada, we better start signing some folks.  I never thought I’d still be sitting here Sunday without a FA addition.

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Por (ref813) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mark, Clayton deserves criticism for many things.  Blocking isn’t one of them.  Are you the only fan who doesn’t know that Clayton’s only consistent strong point has been his blocking?

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Por (Eric) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Good thing they got rid of Brooks, Dunn, Gallaway, and June, so they could sign the great Michael Clayton. And NO FA signings? Pathetic.
No wonder they axed Gruden and Allen. They wouldn’t have put up with this crap.

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Por (Chugalug) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mark IS off about the Clayton’s blocking, but you gotta give him props for the “GM Dominincompoop” thing.  Kinda funny.

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Por (Eric) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

ok,Clayton is a good blocker, we have estblished that. But what about the fact he never gets any seperation and routinely drops easy catches? Arent those rather important qualities in an NFL receiver?

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Por (BucFandango) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mark Dummynick just seems to get worse by the hour. Sign Derrick Ward already. He can be aquired for much less than Clayton. The Secret Plan is unfolding before our eyes…or should I say unraveling. We have officially gone from Dink & Dunk to Duck & Dodge. Did anybody watch the Marquez vs Diaz fight last night in Houston? Wow, that was a Barn Burner.

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Por (Eric) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I wonder how long it will take before Brooks signs with the Patriots and gets another ring?

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Por (:PapaJohn) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It IS pathetic that the new GM has not signed a single FA.

Maybe Mark should have held on to Brooks, Dunn, and Hillard until AFTER they signed people to replace them.

Idiot.

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Por (Todd) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I hope Derrick Brooks does sign with someone and wins a Super bowl…He deserves another one. Its better for him not to be here with these 2 idiots running the show. We won’t have another one for a long while. I love my BUCS but they are destroying this team. I bet everybody would rather have Gruden now.

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Por (Mark) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Unbelievable!!!  Clayton is like a groundhog…...he only comes out once a year to see his shadow; in this case it was $$$ that lured him out.  He got what he wanted, so he can relax now until next year!!!

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Por (ref813) on March 01, 2009 (Suggest removal)

RBs can be found in the draft.  We really only need one with Graham, Williams, and Smith returning.  I’d like to get Ward, but I’d take anything right now.  He!!, I’d be happy if they signed Leftwich.  At least it would show they’re doing something other than handing out the occasional low-ball offer.  I suggest that the fans start showing as much outrage over this as they did over Brooks.  These FAs are necessary for a decent season after all we’ve lost.  No matter how much I hate it, they could’ve gotten a younger LB who may have had more long-term value than Brooks.  They’ve done nothing.  I’m about to join the get rid of the Glazers crowd.  It wasn’t Gruden hurting us here.  Things look worse this year and we need more.

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