Updated March 13, 2010 @ 2:47 p.m. ET
It appears WR Michael Clayton's job is safe for now, but that could change in August. PFW first reported that Clayton's contract includes a deferred bonus of $1 million that is due March 15, but The St. Petersburg Times reports that the bonus is guaranteed. There still is a chance Clayton could be cut before next season, but a decision is not imminent. The team will decide Clayton's fate after training camp, according to the Times.
Sources have told PFW the Bucs are considering pulling the plug on Clayton, who disappointed in 2009 after signing a five-year, $24 million contract last offseason. The seventh-year veteran missed time with injuries in '09 and made a career-low 16 catches for 230 yards in 13 games. The Bucs acquired WR Reggie Brown from the Eagles earlier this week for a sixth-round pick in 2011, but one of the team's more productive targets over the past two seasons, Antonio Bryant, signed a contract with the Bengals March 10.
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