While Iconic blocking icon Michael Clayton may be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster. His name is clearly written in pencil on the depth chart. Based on his lack of production over the years and his contract, he’s got barely any tradability. Clayton, 27, whom general manager Mark Dominik signed to a five-year $24 million dollar contract last off-season with $10.5 million guaranteed is due a roster bonus of $1 million dollars if he’s on the opening day roster.
After re-signing with the Bucs in March of 2009, Clayton started 11 games in which he produced his lowest receiving totals of his career with 16 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown which he promptly blamed on the lack of continuity at quarterback.
“When you have a quarterback that is set, and is going to be the guy – we haven’t had that consistency in a long time – at wide receiver that plays a huge part on what goes on in the perimeter,” Clayton told Charlie Campbell of Pewter Report. “[Freeman] is going to make that easy for all of us. It is going to all boil down to is who is out there at a specific time to make the plays. The ball is definitely going to be thrown there. We are all going to have opportunities.”
Clayton’s continued and excessive arrogance about his place on the team and in the NFL shined through when asked this off-season if he feels that he’s one of the players on the roster bubble as he told Charlie Campbell of Pewter Report.com “Like I said, I know that regardless of what happens I’ll be on a team next year,”
Based on production totally salary including his roster bonus and the fact that the Bucs drafted Arrelious Benn, Mike Williams and traded for Reggie Brown to pair with Maurice Stovall and seventh-round gem Sammie Stroughter. Other teams know that if Clayton falters during training and the preseason he’s likely to be released further dropping his trade value.
With whispers floating out of One Buc Place that the teams two starters heading into training camp are Williams and Stroughter in two receiver sets, with Stroughter moving to the slot in three receivers sets and Stovall manning the flanker position. Clayton’s value to the Bucs and his spot on the roster is solely in case of an injury and to give the sense to the rookies that they’ll have to work for there reps.