Devoted Clayton Fighting To The Finish

September 2nd, 2010

In a story that is clearly not agent-driven speculation, Rick Stroud, of the St. Pete Times, writes today about how Michael Clayton has worked extraordinarily hard since last season and can’t bear to think about getting ousted from the Buccaneers.

Joe recommends you read the whole piece.

Stroud says Clayton’s $3.5 million salary for 2010 is guaranteed. And he offered an interesting quote from the Bucs’ head coach that might give Clayton real hope of making the roster.

 “The (defensive backs) used to own the extra slots. But I’ve got some receivers on this team that are tough, that can tackle. I’ve got some receivers on this team that don’t mind blocking, that don’t mind mixing it up. They’re starting to show their skill level and development.”[Morris said.]

Well, now. If the head coach is getting excited about keep more roster spots for receivers who can deliver punishing, iconic blocks and don’t mind mixing it up, then perhaps he’s referencing Clayton.

Now Joe knows “money will never be in issue” in building the Bucs, so said Joel Glazer.

But, per Stroud’s calculations, it is less costly to keep Clayton and his guaranteed salary than to cut him and pay someone else. Perhaps money will factor in just this once, or twice if you count TJ Rives’ recent comments.

21 Responses to “Devoted Clayton Fighting To The Finish”

  1. Blackmagic00 Says:

    I still wonder if Clayton could play a defensive back role. Maybe block on offense and bat the ball down on defense.

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    He’s been given enough chances. Cut him. (They may keep him for depth and potential trade early on in the season though.)

  3. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    Trade Clayton and a 5th (or Gilmore) to the Bears for TE Greg Olsen

  4. big007hed Says:

    NARS if that trade went through that would be a super steal for the Bucs…. Now saying that it will never happen, I’d love for it to happen I just dont think it will

  5. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    The Bears are probably a little gunshy with the trade steal we got for Adams (RIP.)

  6. KJ Says:

    Yeah and while we’re at it we can trade Sabby, a 6th round pick, and Elbert Mack to the Rams for Steven Jackson…

  7. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    Lol @ KJ – smartass.

    Bears need wideouts…

  8. Javier n Wimauma Says:

    If they want better blocking receivers why not just cut clayton and stick a TE out there to block.

  9. oar Says:

    Blocking TE’s! Now there’s a concept we haven’t had in a couple of years! Wish we had some, our run game would be much better.

  10. St Aug Buc76 Says:

    Once again another display of the head coach having no idea of what a WR’s job is, to catch the freaking ball!! Yes it is nice if they can block in the run game but we need guys that can run good routes and catch the ball. Maybe Clayton is going to play both sides of the ball. Can’t wait till this guy is fired.

  11. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    We do have one , Gilmore.

  12. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    The problem is we don’t have a blocking fullback…

  13. oar Says:

    One blocking TE? Yippie!

  14. KJ Says:

    I don’t think we have a blocking anything for that matter. Last year our O-Line was supposed to be the bright spot of our team and they consistently under-performed. I like the guys individually (minus Zuttah) but as a unit for some reason they did not play well at all. Hopefully with another year under their belts, no more Jeff Jaggawhateverhislastnameis, and the addition of a veteran tough guy like Vincent they will be better this year. But I’m going to have to see it first. It also doesn’t help that our starting RB has two metal knees and our backup is from a college football program that no longer exists. Oh jeez now I just got depressed about this season. I love our drafts picks! Josh Freeman is the real deal! Talib could be in the Reevis/Asomuga/Bailey class! We have a pirate ship in our stadium! There that’s better…

  15. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    don’t forget that (with any luck whatsoever) they have moved on from the “ZBS” experiment.

    Back to power man… in 08 – they were pretty good in that system.

    I remember Faine saying they’ve gone back to PM and less of the ZBS experiment.

  16. JimBuc Says:

    Joe, I cannot believe you buy that “money will never be an issue” bit from Glazer. You keep spouting off the company line over and over and we are going to all start calling you “TJ.” 🙂

  17. SkookumSmitty Says:

    I think JimBuc’s sarcasm detector is broken.

  18. JimBuc Says:

    Skook –ironic, you missing my sarcasm by claiming that my sarcasm detector was broken. Unless . . . maybe you were being sarcastic? 🙂

  19. SkookumSmitty Says:

    JimBuc: Okay, I think I pulled a brain muscle.

  20. Tom Says:

    FWIW I really hate Clayton and his impotence as a receiver. When he isn’t being completely draped by a defender he’s dropping or fumbling the ball…that said I have a sick hope that he goes out there and gets 125 yards and 2 TD’s tonight…

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    I don’t think Michael will catch on anywhere else. He should just drop the whole Football thing.