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Clayton Says He’ll Test Free Agent Market
Posted Dec 24, 2008 by Roy Cummings
Updated Dec 24, 2008 at 02:00 PM
TAMPA – Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe his skills have been utilized very well here in Tampa Bay and that he’s ready to move on to a place where they will be.
“I will definitely test the free agent market,’’ Clayton said Wednesday.
Clayton is one of several Bucs regulars who are slated to become free agents after the season. Most say they want to return to the Bucs and Clayton didn’t rule that out either.
“It would be a good situation [here],’’ he said. “My family is set here. But I’ve been a quiet guy and I’ve been through a lot here. Coming off a season where I caught 80 balls and never being able to get that many attempts [again[ basically speaks for itself.’’
Clayton, a former first-round pick of the Bucs, is currently fourth on the team in receptions with 36. That’s the most he’s had since he caught 80 as a rookie in 2004, but he believes he’s done enough to earn a big contract in free agency.
“I’ve got a lot of tape, started a lot of games, caught a lot of balls, made a lot of plays,’’ he said. “I rely solely on what I put on tape and I feel like what I’ve put on tape rally puts me in a situation to be one of the better guys in free agency next year.’’