The Buccaneers trimmed their roster to 75 players Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean they are finished making roster moves.
Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton’s name has surfaced in recent trade talks around the NFL, according to NFL Network.
A 2004 first-round draft pick out of LSU, Clayton exploded onto the scene as a rookie when he caught a team-leading 80 passes for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns.
With the NFL-mandated roster cut down date to 53 players scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, it’s not uncommon for trade talks from around the league to intensify this time of year.
However, Clayton is certainly not guaranteed a roster spot in Tampa Bay in 2007. He’s struggled with injuries and dropped passes over the past two years. In fact, Clayton has caught just 55 passes for 728 yards and one touchdown since his impressive rookie campaign.
The Bucs have quality competition and depth at the wide receiver position. Four former first-round picks — Clayton, Joey Galloway, David Boston and Ike Hilliard – are currently on the team’s roster. Tampa Bay also has several other receivers, including Maurice Stovall, Paris Warren, Mark Jones and Chas Gessner, competing for roster spots.
Shortly after training camp began, Stovall unseated Clayton as Tampa Bay's starting Z (flanker) receiver on the team's depth chart. Boston and Hilliard have also been competing for that starting job.
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