All across the Bay area, Buccaneer fans are cheering and hoping and not because the first pre-season game is this Saturday (pray it doesn’t get blacked out). Fan are rejoicing at the Bucs depth chart that has been released, updating the positions and showing who will start for week 1. One name finds itself at the very bottom of a particular position, the wide receiver position. The infamous Michael Clayton, the blocking, non-passing icon that has become the headache of every Buc fan, but finds himself as the 5th wide receiver. So, is his time in Tampa officially over?
As the 5th receiver, Clayton may never see the field this season unless an injury happens to another receiver or an incredible performance in the pre-season changes the mind of the coaching staff. Maurice Stovall, the veteran from Notre Dame, is listed as the Bucs 1st receiver, followed by rookie Mike Williams. Then there is Arrelious Benn and Sammie Stroughter. The 1st round pick finds himself at the bottom of the receiving roster and veteran Reggie Brown is still ahead of him as well.
Clayton has been a bust of a pick since his rookie season when he made all fans excited for the future, since then he has become the punch line of jokes and the headaches of everyone else. As the 5th starter, it appears the Bucs may cut the blocking receiver, but will the Glazers actually do that, even with the amount of money they still owe him? It is hard to think the Glazers would actually make this move, investing that much money on a player just to simply cut him is hard to see happening, but may be in the process of happening.
There are also talks that the Bucs may trade him to another team, but who honestly wants him? There are only a handful of teams that might trade for hi (Buffalo and St. Louis have surfaced, but nothing more). No team wants an under-performing receiver with his type of contract. Any team that traded for Clayton would not give the Bucs what they want, which would probably be a draft pick (teams value draft picks more now than ever).
So Michael Clayton continues to practice and the fans keep hoping he won’t make the team this season. Clayton has been quoted saying he wishes to stay in Tampa, but if he is traded he wouldn’t mind it. So it is up to the Glazers and coaches to decide his fate. Putting him as the 5th receiver behind two rookies send a strong message that his time is probably coming to an end.
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