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Michael Clayton | Wide Receiver

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: LSU
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (15) / TB
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Giants placed WR Michael Clayton on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.
Clayton suffered a torn meniscus in practice on Saturday, and will undergo surgery Monday. Although the Giants have dealt with a number of receiver injuries this season, Clayton was active for only five games, making zero catches. Clayton has just two receptions in 11 games since the end of the 2009 season. If he has a football future, it's only on special teams. Sat, Nov 26, 2011 05:09:00 PM

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Giants re-signed WR Michael Clayton.

Clayton spent training camp with the Giants, only to be released at final cuts. No longer an effective receiver, Clayton's biggest impact will likely come on special teams.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 10:38:00 AM

Giants agreed to terms with WR Michael Clayton.

Yes, this is the same Michael Clayton that starred for the Bucs as a rookie in 2004 and then bottomed out in the UFL last year. He did appear in six games for the Giants at the end of last season, catching two balls. We don't expect him to be more than a camp body, even if free agent Steve Smith (knee) isn't retained.
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 12:25:00 PM

Free agent WR Michael Clayton insists he isn't done with his football career.

The explosiveness evaporated from Clayton's legs about five years ago, but he thinks the Giants will re-sign him. "They really have a lot of respect for veteran players," said Clayton. "We (veterans) set the standard." The Giants might bring back Clayton as a camp body, but his time as an effective receiver is up.
Tue, Jul 5, 2011 11:57:00 AM

Giants agreed to terms with WR Michael Clayton on a one-year contract.

The Giants took advantage of a loophole in the UFL's harebrained $150,000 "transfer fee" as Clayton wasn't on a roster for four weeks. A blocking specialist in Tampa the past few years, Clayton adds depth with Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks out. He's not going to leapfrog Derek Hagan for a starting job.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 01:29:00 PM

The Giants would not have to pay a $150,000 "transfer fee" for signing UFL receiver Michael Clayton, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

The fee for Clayton would be waived because he wasn't on a UFL roster for four weeks. Clayton is one of what's likely to be a handful of receivers to work out for the Giants this week.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 11:56:00 AM

The Giants are expected to bring in former Buc and current UFL receiver Michael Clayton for a workout this week, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

The G-Men are also expected to bring back Kevin Curtis, who worked out for them last week. Clayton's case is a bit complicated due to the UFL's $150,000 "transfer fee." It's not clear if the Giants or Clayton would have to foot that bill. The Giants are looking for receiver depth with both Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith sidelined.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 09:15:00 AM

Free agent WR Michael Clayton worked out for the Bengals Wednesday.

He evidently left without signing a contract. Clayton also worked out for the Bears recently. The Bengals also hosted former Bill James Hardy for a workout.
Thu, Oct 14, 2010 09:44:00 AM

The Bears have scheduled a workout with free agent WR Michael Clayton.

It looks like the Bears are just seeing where the free agent market is at, because there's no room for a guy like Clayton on this team. They are also working out Keenan Burton.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 08:29:00 AM

Buccaneers released WR Michael Clayton.

Clayton is latest mistake GM Mark Dominik was forced to admit. One year after handing a blocking receiver $24 million over five years, the Bucs have pulled the cord. Clayton's $3.5 million salary was guaranteed, so he'll walk away with a nice parting gift. His days of fantasy relevance are long gone.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 12:42:00 PM

The Bucs reportedly informed Michael Clayton that he would be traded "several months ago."

Shockingly, they found no takers. In-over-his-head GM Mark Dominik guaranteed Clayton's $3.5 million salary, making a player who can't play impossible to trade. Now, the Bucs may keep him on the roster. "I'll believe it when it happens," Clayton said of his potential release. "But I can't see it." If Clayton does stick, he'd best help the team as a game-day inactive.
Thu, Sep 2, 2010 02:28:00 PM

Michael Clayton didn't play a single snap in the Bucs' third preseason game Saturday night.

We'd say this was a clear sign that Clayton's Tampa tenure is over, but the St. Petersburg Times reveals some startling news. His $3 million salary is fully guaranteed. Bucs GM Mark Dominik should've been fired on the spot for giving Clayton this deal. There's no way he'd bring anything in a trade, and Clayton will be a game-day scratch if he stays on the roster.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010 03:52:00 PM

Michael Clayton is listed as the fourth-team flanker on the Bucs' initial depth chart of the preseason.

He's behind starter Maurice Stovall, Sammie Stroughter, and rookie Arrelious Benn, not to mention first- through third-string split ends Mike Williams, Reggie Brown, and Micheal Spurlock. It appears the Bucs have finally admitted the awful mistake they made of signing Clayton to a $24 million extension in February, 2009. GM Mark Dominik is lucky to still have a job.
Tue, Aug 10, 2010 10:21:00 PM

ESPN's Pat Yasinskas speculates that only one of Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall will make the Bucs' final roster.

Neither is making a legit run for a starting spot, and both appear to be behind Mike Williams, Sammie Stroughter, Rejus Benn, and Reggie Brown. Stovall's special teams experience would figure to give him an edge on the No. 5 spot. The Bucs can shed $3 million by dumping Clayton.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Aug 6, 2010 01:28:00 PM

Michael Clayton blames his poor 2009 production on the Bucs' lack of continuity at quarterback.

Clayton "earned" $2 million per reception last year. "We haven't had that consistency (at quarterback) in a long time," said Clayton. "At wide receiver that plays a huge part on what goes on in the perimeter." Meanwhile, Kellen Winslow set a Bucs tight end record with 77 catches for 884 yards and five touchdowns. Antonio Bryant more than doubled Clayton's catch total while played injured. Needless to say, Clayton's argument is invalid.
Mon, May 17, 2010 02:34:00 PM

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