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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.’’

Reader Comments

Por (Rob) on December 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Michael, I AGREE WITH YA; WE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN YA MORE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT DARE I SAY… YOU DO NOT DESERVE BIG MONEY. TO MANY DROPED BALLS. I’VE GOT TAPE TOO. YES YOUR A GOOD DOWN FIELD BLOCKER AND THAT IS A VERY UNSELFESH ASPECT OF YOUR GAME. I THINK YOUR A VERY GOOD PLAYER AND PERHAPS IT IS J.G. THAT IS KEEPING YOU DOWN BUT RIGHT NOW I CAN NOT SEE GIVING YOU MORE $ UNLESS YOU WANT TO VALET PARK AFTER THE GAMES. IT PAYS 6 BUCKS PER HOUR + TIPS AND YOU’LL GET PLENTY OF OPPS! WHAT SAY YOU?

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Por (ROB) on December 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

OH MICHAEL, DETRIOT MAY NEED A BLOCKING RECIEVER FOR CALVIN. PLUS YOU GET TO PLAY INDOORS FOR A MIN’OF 9 GAMES. 8 AT HOME AND 1 AT MINN’

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Por (oar) on December 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

“doesn’t believe his skills have been utilized very well”......now that’s funny!

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Por (T.O.) on December 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

clayton should test catching the ball instead

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Por (apv_17) on December 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Who cares about him! Theres a report that the Bengals wont put a franchise tag on T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on December 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Let’s hope that he succeeds in free agency!  If not, Gruden will re sign him because he won’t admit that drafting him #1,Can’t Catch Clayton is a Bust!

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Por (Chuck King) on December 27, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Please - go now!  You serve no purpose on this team and you are a distraction.  Maybe if we had a viable #2 reciever we might have made more noise and gone on and secured home field from the start.  If we get past the 1st round (if we even get in the door) it won’t be because of Michael Clayton the reciever.  We’ll loose because of Michael Clayton the blocking tightend.  Be gone with you and don’t let the door hit you on your way out. 
PS.  “Do my dishes”!

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