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Bucs seem ready to go through 2010 with Clayton on the roster

Michael Clayton has been a major bust for the Bucs so far, and instead of the team cutting their losses with him, the sounds of it seems to point to him being back in 2010. PFT talks about this is a piece today, along with the comments that he’ll return in 2010:

Clayton had scored just total two touchdowns and failed to top 38 receptions in his previous four seasons. In games, Clayton had not shown the ability to separate from defensive backs down field.

The signing proved as ill-advised as it seemed from the get-go when Clayton finished the ’09 campaign with a career-low 16 catches and one touchdown in 13 games (11 starts).

Thus, it was widely believed that the Bucs would give up on Clayton this offseason, particularly when they tried to trade him before April’s draft.

According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, however, Clayton will “probably be a Buccaneer through the 2010 season” because “it’s far too early to accept a loss on that investment.” The Bucs also reportedly hope that new wide receivers coach Eric Yarber will turn Clayton around.

Clayton caught 80 passes for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in ’04. Since knee surgery in 2005, he’s simply not been the same player.


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