The Demise And Fall Of Michael ClaytonSeptember 5th, 2010
St. Petersburg Times beat writer Rick Stroud took a break from
deleting Tweets breaking new ground on Twitter to touch base with now former Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton last night.
In short, Clayton seemed in good spirits, though not happy. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, per the quotes cobbled together from Stroud, seemed more meloncholy than Clayton.
Tampa Bay ended the relationship with its enigmatic receiver by releasing Clayton, whom they will pay not to play this season.
It was the closest thing to an admission by general manager Mark Dominik that the organization made a mistake last year in signing Clayton to a five-year, $26 million extension with $10 million guaranteed, including $3 million for 2010.
“I hate to characterize a person as a mistake,” Dominik said. “I will say this: Some of the people I have the most respect for in the National Football League are the people that make the decisions for the right reasons for their organization. I’ve always kind of followed that mind-set… “
Stroud went on to point out that Clayton had fallen so out of favor with the Bucs, that in theory he would have been the No. 8 receiver since the Bucs kept seven after the final roster cut.
Dominik noted Clayton took the news well. Of course he would. It’s not like he’s not going to get a salary this year. Joe’s not suggesting Clayton is happy but if the guy has cash coming in whether he plays or not, that will temper the emotions of losing a gig.