Michael Clayton Improves His Odds

June 16th, 2010

With today’s signing of rookie punter Brent Bowden came the release of former Chiefs wide receiver Mark Bradley, a guy the Bucs nabbed from the waiver wire in December and seemingly had some hope for. Bradley was recently was part of an “Insider” piece on Buccaneers.com.

Somewhere, blocking icon Michael Clayton is liking his improved odds of making the 2010 squad.

Here’s the list of current Bucs receivers (in no particular order):

Arrelious Benn
Mike Williams
Sammie Stroughter
Maurice Stovall
Reggie Brown
Michael Clayton
Michael Spurlock
Mario Urruttia
Chris Brooks
Terrence Nunn
Preston Parker

Joe has written before that he is quite certain the blocking icon makes the opening day roster, as the Bucs and Mark Dominik won’t want to flush the remainder of their Clayton investment (about $3 million guaranteed) down the toilet. But it is a topic of heated debate at the JoeBucsFan.com headquarters.

Some around here think Clayton is nothing more than a flimsy at best insurance policy and is doomed to be cut barring a rash of training camp injuries.

21 Responses to “Michael Clayton Improves His Odds”

  1. Eric Says:

    Yep Clayton makes the team for sure.

  2. RahDomDaBest Says:

    Ha ha… no particular order!

    I like that depth chart.

  3. Larry Says:

    You forgot Preston Nunn

  4. TJ Says:

    ugh ugh Damn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is the most annoying off season thing knowing or not if we are still paying this bum to ride the Bench while are left tackle is not getting paid cut the cord on this baby already

  5. TCollins Says:

    I still believe that Preston Parker will stick with the Bucs and do well.

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I know I’m probably alone on this, but if we keep 6 receivers, I don’t have a problem with him making the team. Obviously he is incredibly overpaid, but that doesn’t really matter to me (it’s not my money). It only matters to me if he plays more than better WR’s because he is paid so much, which I really don’t think will happen this year. Besides, it’s not his fault he is overpaid. Everyone on this board would love to be overpaid for what we do, and we would cash that check with a smirk too. The other guys will not even sniff the field this year, and at least he has experience (I know, experience in dropping passes). By all accounts, he is a good guy that is helpful to the younger receivers, so I really don’t see the harm in keeping him here. I never really have understood why everyone piles on him so much more than some of the other players that haven’t performed. He works hard, he’s a team player, he stays out of trouble, and he does a lot in the community. Who cares if he is our 5th or 6th string WR?

  7. Louie Says:

    What a waste of a roster spot.


  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    I think so too. Preston Parker has the “on field” skills to contribute. All depends if he’s grown up yet or not.

  9. MichiganBucsFan Says:

    well said Hawaiian Buc, I’d like to see our WR roster look something like this; Rejus Benn, Mike Williams, Sammie Stroughter, Maurice Stovall, then any 2 of Reggie Brown/Mike Clayton/Preston Parker if he’s good, he may be the type of guy to keep on the practice squad

    I can see them cutting it down to five players though, especially looking at our RB depth chart also, between Caddy, Earnest Graham, Derrick Ward who all HAVE to make the team, we also have Huggins and Peanut and two FB prospects if I’m not mistaken… it’s starting to look like a crowded 53 man roster it’ll be interesting to see who stays

  10. Mr. Bozeman Says:

    I would say that Michael Clayton makes the squad. He certainly has a shot. The Bucs receiving squad isn’t deep enough to keep him out of the opening day roster in my opinion.

  11. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ugh, and with this post, I probably ( justifiably) join the massive “slow squad” of posters 🙁
    I still keep thinking that, with a different WR coach, MEYBE we can still get SOMETHING outta Clayton. There is still part of that puzzle that doesn’t make sense! A guy who looked THAT good as a rookie, who has kept training and practicing that hard, should not have continued to backslide the way he has! Unless coaching was the problem, which I still think it might have been. Richard Mann NEVER turned a rookie into a good pro while he was here. Meybe a new coach will help!!
    Nah, I think I’m full B.S. On this one .
    Now I know how Lightningbuc, Eric, and RahDomDaBest must feel, having just read a post that I wrote, and knowing it makes me look like an idiot!! Scoot over, the “slow Squad” just added a member:(

  12. FLorida Girl Says:

    Giants lost a WR to injury yesterday during OTAs. Dominik needs to work his magic. Trade him to the Giants for a 7th round pick next year and just get rid of him. Stop the bleeding now.

  13. Not a Rocket Surgeon Says:

    The Clayton and Spurlock trade for Osi sounds tight…

    Clayton knows his situation (clearly indicated in the recent QA session over on WTB.)

  14. Joe Says:

    Not a Rocket Surgeon:

    The Clayton and Spurlock trade for Osi sounds tight…

    If you were Jerry Reese, you would make this trade why? Joe isn’t sure Reese wants to commit career suicide.

  15. TJ Says:

    THe Bucs have the power over Clayton they walk up to him and simply say either take a pay cut or you will be cut. This happens all the time in the NFL

  16. Not a Rocket Surgeon Says:

    They are down a wideout and a returner with Hixon out …

    It’s patchwork, but …

  17. lightningbuc Says:

    Capt Timmy,

    The “slow Squad” is heterosexual only. Request to become a member DENIED!

  18. Joe Says:

    Not a Rocket Surgeon:

    Joe believes the Giants would bring back David Tyree before they’d trade Osi for Michael Clayton and Michael Spurlock.

    Jerry Reese would be burned at the stake by the New York press for that trade. Tom Coughlin would likely have a stroke.

  19. Not a Rocket Surgeon Says:

    lol @ Joe – you’re probably right…

    But a disgruntled Osi… makes things exceedingly different.

    All I’ve heard lately is he’s starting camp on the 2nd string… that may just be a coaches play to get him to step up.

  20. Orchard full of Idiots... Says:

    LOL…hilarious that people think the Giants would trade for Spurlock and Clayton.

    Ever heard of Patrick Crayton?? The only thing that would hold that up would be the NFC EAST connection, but hey if the Eagles will trade McNabb to the Redskins then anything is possible…

  21. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hey lightningbug,
    While I try not to be a spell check freak , just wanted to point out they you misspelled”homosexual ” on your post reguarding you and your fellow “slow club ” members! Just helping ya out, though I’m sure the other guys pointed it out while you were enjoying yer ” soccer nite at Bugs house” last night!
    And never fear, one misguided post( probably the result of two many cheerleader sweat and tequilas), didn’t result in me getting kicked outta the “Alpha Male” club. It may have hurt my nomination for president, however.
    As for Michael Clayton remaining with the Team, or the World cup kickball tourney- Who Cares.