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  Giants | Michael Clayton to undergo surgery    Sat Nov 26, 05:36 PM

New York Giants WR Michael Clayton (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, Nov. 26, to repair a torn meniscus.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton placed on IR    Sat Nov 26, 05:11 PM

The New York Giants have placed WR Michael Clayton (knee) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season. In a corresponding move, the team signed practice squad DE Justin Trattou to their active roster.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton questionable for Week 12    Sat Nov 26, 01:29 PM

New York Giants WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Saturday, Nov. 26, and is listed as questionable for Week 12.

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  Giants | Week 5 Inactives    Sun Oct 9, 11:39 AM

The New York Giants have declared RB Brandon Jacobs, C David Baas, OT James Brewer, DL Justin Tuck, WR Michael Clayton, OG Mitch Petrus, CB Prince Amukamara inactive for Week 5.

Footballguys view: Ahmad Bradshaw is set for a big day with Jacobs out. Tuck's neck and groin injuries might hamper him enough to force the Giants to rest him through their week 7 bye.

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  Giants | Week 4 Inactives    Sun Oct 2, 03:00 PM

The New York Giants have declared WR Brandon Stokley, RB Da'Rel Scott, OT James Brewer, DL Justin Tuck, WR Michael Clayton, OG Mitch Petrus, CB Prince Amukamara inactive for Week 4.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton re-signed     Fri Sep 23, 10:57 AM

The New York Giants have re-signed free-agent WR Michael Clayton. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Giants | Reduce roster to 53    Sat Sep 3, 08:12 PM

The New York Giants terminated the contract of WR Michael Clayton, and waived LB Phillip Dillard, QB Ryan Perrilloux, OT Jamon Meredith, DL Dwayne Hendricks and CB Joe Burnett Saturday, Sept. 3.

Footballguys view: Perrilloux is one to watch on a practice squad because of his top-notch raw athleticism.

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  Giants | Re-sign Michael Clayton    Tue Aug 2, 03:46 PM

The New York Giants agreed to terms to re-sign WR Michael Clayton Tuesday, Aug. 2. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton expected to return    Wed Jul 6, 02:58 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent WR Michael Clayton said he expects to re-sign with the Giants once the lockout is over.

Footballguys view: Making the team will be almost impossible for Clayton if the Giants re-sign Steve Smith. Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, and rookie Jerrel Jernigan are locks to make the final roster, and youngsters Ramses Barden and Victor Cruz showed promise before getting hurt last year.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton joins passing camp    Tue May 10, 06:08 PM

New York Giants WR Michael Clayton and eight other players attended QB Eli Manning's passing camp Tuesday, May 10, which is in its second week. Others that attended included QB Sage Rosenfels, TE Kevin Boss, WR Darius Reynaud, WR Duke Calhoun, WR Samuel Giguere, WR Victor Cruz and OT David Diehl.

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  Buccaneers | Josh Freeman working out daily    Wed Apr 27, 04:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has been working out daily with RB Cadillac Williams and New York Giants WR Michael Clayton in Florida. Freeman is organizing team and individual workouts while the lockout persists.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton likely will be third receiver    Fri Nov 26, 07:20 PM

New York Giants WR Michael Clayton likely will be used as the third receiver in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton signs    Tue Nov 23, 02:33 PM

The New York Giants have signed free-agent WR Michael Clayton (Buccaneers) to a one-year deal Tuesday, Nov. 23, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Clayton never lived up to his potential with the Buccaneers after a strong rookie season in 2004.

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  Giants | Michael Clayton to work out    Tue Nov 23, 11:12 AM

The New York Giants will work out free-agent WR Michael Clayton (Buccaneers), according to Mike Florio, of ProFootballTalk.com.

Footballguys view: Michael Clayton has never lived up to his potential, and has not received much interest since Tampa Bay let him go earlier this year.

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  Bengals | Michael Clayton works out    Thu Oct 14, 09:25 AM

Free-agent WR Michael Clayton (Buccaneers) worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, Oct. 13, according to Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Footballguys view: It was all downhill for Clayton after his rookie season in 2004 when he burst onto the NFL scene as a productive first-round pick. Since then he's been plagued by injuries and inconsistencies to his game. Never say never, but it's difficult to imagine Clayton getting his career back on track.

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  Bears | Michael Clayton to visit    Sun Sep 12, 11:19 PM

Free-agent WR Michael Clayton (Buccaneers) is scheduled to work out for the Chicago Bears, reports ProFiles Sports.

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  Buccaneers | Michael Clayton released    Sat Sep 4, 12:34 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released WR Michael Clayton, reports Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times. The Buccaneers tried to trade him during the preseason but were not able to. His $3 million salary this season is guaranteed by the team.

Footballguys view: Again, we have to ask what the Bucs were thinking when they gave Clayton a new deal last year.

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  Buccaneers | Michael Clayton on the bubble    Sun Aug 29, 12:21 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton is clearly on the bubble to make the team's final roster, reports Stephen Holder, of The St. Petersburg Times. Clayton did not play in the team's third preseason game. Clayton said he has full confidence he will remain with the team. His $3 million base salary is fully guaranteed, but the team would be willing to entertain trade offers for him. They could always opt to release him and eat the guaranteed money.

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  Buccaneers | Josh Freeman building chemistry with WR    Fri Aug 20, 01:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman believes he has been building chemistry with WRs Michael Clayton, Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter since he began his career with the team but said he is getting a good feel for Stroughter when lining up as the slot receiver, reports Scott Reynolds, of PewterReport.com. 'Sammie is working the slot a lot and he's running a bunch of option routes. I've really started to get a really good feel for Sammie in the slot,' Freeman said.

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  Buccaneers | Michael Clayton on the bubble    Mon Aug 16, 11:34 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton is clearly on the bubble, according to Pat Yasinskas, of ESPN.com. Clayton has worked hard in camp and hasn't looked bad. However, he hasn't done anything special, and it would take several injuries for him to end up in a starting role. The question remains whether the team would want to keep Clayton as a No. 4, No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver.

Footballguys view: Clayton hasn't looked the same since his breakout rookie season in 2004. The Bucs made a youth movement at the wide receiver position this offseason and may decide to let the veteran receiver go.

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  Buccaneers | Maurice Stovall stepping up    Sat Aug 7, 05:49 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Maurice Stovall has emerged as the top option at the Z receiver position, reports Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune. He has had a strong training camp so far and has the edge to be one of the team's starting receivers when the season begins. While he is the player to beat, WRs Michael Clayton and rookie Arrelious Benn are playing well enough to steal a starting job.

Footballguys view: If Stovall keeps this up, look for Michael Clayton's sometimes brilliant, but mostly painful tenure with the Bucs to come to an end. We still can't figure out why they extended his contract last year.

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  Buccaneers | Battle at wide receiver kicking off    Thu Jul 29, 03:50 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Reggie Brown, Michael Clayton, Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams will battle during training camp for starting roles at wide receiver, reports Ira Kaufman, of The Tampa Tribune. The Buccaneers' coaches are excited about the big-play potential Williams brings to the table and he may be able to provide QB Josh Freeman with the deep threat he is looking for.

Footballguys view: Brown and Clayton are the veteran underachievers trying to show they deserve playing time over the two rookies. Arrelious Benn is dangerous on underneath routes, and Williams can use his deep speed to attack a defense downfield. Second-year wideout Sammie Stroughter should be the Bucs slot receiver, regardless of who is named the starters in Tampa.

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  Buccaneers | Money may be only reason Michael Clayton still has a job    Sun May 9, 01:28 PM

Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton is likely still on roster because the Buccaneers gave him a five-year, $24 million contract last year.

Footballguys view: Tampa is likely regretting the decision to give him a contract extension now. They still owe the veteran receiver a lot of money, with $10.5 million in guaranteed money. The Bucs could cut Clayton next year because his contract becomes a little easier to swallow. Clayton has never matched the production he had in his rookie year back in 2004, but if he starts playing better it could save his job with the team. He's likely to lose playing time this year to the Bucs rookie receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams.

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  Buccaneers | Trying to trade Michael Clayton    Mon Apr 26, 10:29 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been attempting to trade WR Michael Clayton; however, no teams have expressed interest thus far, reports Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times. Clayton became expendable after the Buccaneers selected receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams in the NFL Draft. The Bucs believe both players will be starters.

Footballguys view: Michael Clayton has failed to produce like he did in his rookie season (2004) when he was the 13th best fantasy receiver in the league. He's a career underachiever that makes Cowboys WR Roy Williams look like the best that ever played the game. We don't anticipate the Bucs phone ringing off the hook with trade offers for the veteran possession receiver.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton not guaranteed roster spot    Sat Mar 27, 04:59 PM

Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said WR Michael Clayton is not guaranteed a roster spot but is confident that Clayton will be more prepared next season than he was this season.

Footballguys view: Clayton has disappointed ever since his breakout rookie performance in 2004. He scored 7 touchdowns his rookie season, but has only 3 in the years since then.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton's future remains up in the air    Sat Mar 13, 09:47 AM

Rick Stroud, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not plan on making any decision on the future of WR Michael Clayton until after training camp. According to ProFootballWeekly.com, Clayton is due a $1 million deferred bonus March 15 and according to sources, the Buccaneers are close to releasing him. However, the deferred bonus is part of the $10 million in guarantees the team owes Clayton as part of the five-year, $24-million contract he signed in 2009. As a result, there is no roster bonus or new money that would quicken a decision by the team on Clayton.

Footballguys view: Ever since his breakout performance as a rookie Clayton has failed to live up to his potential. He's a career underachiever that needs a fresh start if he's ever going to improve his play.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton could be candidate to be released    Fri Feb 12, 10:14 AM

Charlie Campbell, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton could be a candidate to be released this offseason.

Footballguys view: Clayton has never matched the production that he had in his rookie season. He wouldn't draw a lot of interest in the open market, but teams like the Ravens or Rams could be interested.

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  Buccaneers | Three practice in full Friday, questionable for Week 16    Fri Dec 25, 11:01 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee), C Jeff Faine (elbow) and S Tanard Jackson (knee) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 25, and each are listed as questionable for Week 16.

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  Ravens | Clayton limited Thursday    Thu Dec 24, 05:07 PM

Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Clayton (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 24. He should be able to start in Week 15.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton practices Thursday    Thu Dec 24, 03:03 PM

Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 24. He should be able to play in Week 16.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton returns Wednesday    Wed Dec 23, 04:04 PM

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 23. The team may choose to keep WR Maurice Stovall in the starting lineup and use Clayton as a slot receiver.

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  Buccaneers | Week 15 Inactives    Sun Dec 20, 03:28 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared CB Derrick Roberson, OL James Lee, TE John Gilmore, WR Michael Clayton, DL Michael X. Bennett, QB Rudy Carpenter, OG Shawn Murphy, WR Terrence Nunn inactive for Week 15.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Friday    Fri Dec 18, 05:21 PM

Updating a previous report, Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 18. He will not play in Week 15.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton out for Week 15    Fri Dec 18, 12:30 PM

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) has been ruled out for Week 15. It will be his third straight game missed.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Thursday    Thu Dec 17, 03:42 PM

Charlie Campbell and Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, report Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, Dec. 17, for the second straight day. The team is leaning toward holding Clayton out of his third straight game in Week 15. WR Maurice Stovall would start in Clayton's place.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 16, 04:52 PM

Charlie Campbell and Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, report Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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  Buccaneers | Week 14 Inactives    Sun Dec 13, 11:51 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared CB Derrick Roberson, LB Geno Hayes, OL James Lee, WR Michael Clayton, DL Michael X. Bennett, QB Rudy Carpenter, WR Sammie Stroughter, OG Shawn Murphy inactive for Week 14.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Friday    Fri Dec 11, 01:59 PM

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 11, and is doubtful for Week 14. He will likely be replaced by WR Maurice Stovall for the second consecutive game.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Thursday    Thu Dec 10, 04:14 PM

Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 10. It does not appear like he will play in Week 14.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton hopes to play in Week 14    Wed Dec 9, 06:00 PM

Updating a previous report, Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) said he hopes to able to play in Week 14.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 9, 04:48 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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  Buccaneers | Stovall to keep playing    Tue Dec 8, 02:35 PM

Anwar Richardson, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Maurice Stovall will continue to play after playing well in place of WR Michael Clayton (knee) in Week 13. 'Stovall will continue to play, no matter if he's a starter or not,' head coach Raheem Morris said. 'Those guys started splitting reps because I think Michael Clayton is a better player when he plays less snaps because he plays so hard. He kind of has that (Panthers WR) Muhsin Muhammad mentality that he's going to block you every snap and go so hard that when you go to him in the clutch, he's tired.'

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  Buccaneers | Week 13 Inactives    Sun Dec 6, 12:01 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared CB Aqib Talib, OL James Lee, WR Michael Clayton, DL Michael X. Bennett, DL Roy Miller, QB Rudy Carpenter, OG Shawn Murphy, WR Terrence Nunn inactive for Week 13.

Footballguys view: Steve Smith's matchup is a lot better without Talib in the lineup, because he's the only Bucs corner who can hang with him.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Friday    Fri Dec 4, 08:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Roy Cummings, of The Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 4. He has been ruled out for Week 13.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton out for Week 13    Fri Dec 4, 01:19 PM

Charlie Campbell, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13. WR Maurice Stovall will start in place of Clayton.

Footballguys view: Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter will get more targets, but neither is worthy of a start in even the deepest of leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton misses practice Thursday    Thu Dec 3, 05:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 3. He is not expected to play in Week 13 and could miss Week 14.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton not practicing Thursday    Thu Dec 3, 01:01 PM

Joe Smith, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) was not participating during the media-access portion of practice Thursday, Dec. 3.

Footballguys view: If Clayton can't go on Sunday we could see more of Maurice Stovall and rookie Sammie Stroughter.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton has sprained MCL    Tue Dec 1, 10:44 AM

Scott Reynolds, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Week 12 and is expected to be sidelined for one to two weeks.

Footballguys view: The injury is not considered to be severe enough to end Clayton's season, so the team won't be placing him on Injured Reserve. Maurice Stovall is expected to start in Week 13 in Clayton's place, and has played well at times this year.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton day-to-day    Mon Nov 30, 12:55 PM

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) is listed as day-to-day, according to head coach Raheem Morris.

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  Buccaneers | Clayton to undergo more testing Monday    Sun Nov 29, 10:49 PM

Updating a previous item, Stephen Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton (knee) suffered a left knee injury Week 12, the extent of which is unknown. The team's medical staff will do further examination on his knee Monday, Nov. 30.

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