Roster Math Doesn’t Add Up For Michael Clayton

June 25th, 2010

When Bucs general manager Mark Dominik drafted two wide receivers high in April’s draft and traded for Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown, it was as clear a message to embattled blocking icon Michael Clayton as a billboard on Dale Mabry Highway:

“Produce or be gone.”

Former Bucs defensive lineman Steve White, who Joe is humbled to have write a weekly “Bull Rush” column, writes on his own blog that the addition of  Brown very likely will mean the subtraction of Clayton, a former first round pick.

White points out that there are three receivers already with roster spots locked up: rookies Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn and second-year receiver Sammie Stroughter. Mo Stovall, a special teams warrior, appears to be safe.

Joe will let White pick up the roster math from there.

Add into the mix Reggie Brown whom evidently had a good offseason as well at receiver. But you know what Brown was doing the last two years when his numbers fell off and the Eagles replaced him?

Busting his ass on special teams.

So that’s five receivers right there. Out of whom is left you have Clayton along with two guys who should get at last a shot as our primary return men in the kicking game, Michael Spurlock and Preston Parker.

If you’re a GM and your choices for the last wide receiver spot are two young cheap guys who can possibly be return men for you or a guy who hasn’t played special teams for you in the past, hasn’t produced in years and is scheduled to make millions of dollars who would you choose?

Joe strongly encourages all of his readers to click on the link above and read White’s entire column. It is very, very good. White’s look at the Bucs receivers depth chart is as well thought out as anything you will read from any MSM outlet.

3 Responses to “Roster Math Doesn’t Add Up For Michael Clayton”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    Like Steve has said before, draft pick trumps FA. In this case, draft pick (who is cheap) trumps draft pick (from another GM\coach) who makes millions.
    Clayton has proved he shouldn’t be on this team. He had a clean slate and 2nd chance with Raheem, he blew it. If there are no concerning WR injuries, cut his ass if you can’t trade him.

  2. SantannasDot Says:

    I agree that Clayton SHOULD BE Cut… BUT Clayton HAS and DOES Play Special Teams. Either way, I agree with Steve White that Clayton DOES need to be Cut.

  3. Louie Says: