The New York Giants have placed wide receiver Michael Clayton on injured reserve and re-signed defensive end Justin Trattou from their practice squad.|||||||
Clayton, who will have surgery Monday for a torn meniscus in his knee, is an eight-year veteran who was among the team's final cuts this year. He was re-signed Sept. 23 and played in five games, mostly on special teams.
While they have never played on the same team, Clayton and Giants QB Eli Manning were roommates for three months at a camp in Florida prior to the NFL Combine in 2004. "God works in mysterious ways," Clayton said. "To have an opportunity to be able to catch ball from him on this level is a dream I have been waiting for, to get a qualified quarterback and to get an opportunity."|||||||
Clayton has had an interesting season. He was released by the Bucs before the start of the season, had tryouts with Chicago and Cincinnati in October and was playing with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League the past month.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Clayton is close to signing with the injury-ravaged New York Giants. His representatives at ProFiles Sports in Atlanta tweeted Tuesday that Clayton has a new home and made a reference to New York.|||||||
Clayton has been playing for Omaha in the United Football League. He had 16 catches in 13 games with the Bucs last season.
Clayton was among the cuts announced Saturday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers set their 53-man roster.|||||||
Clayton was a first-round draft pick in 2004, when had 80 receptions for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns - all records for a first-year player in Tampa Bay. Even though his production declined sharply after that, Clayton signed a five-year contract worth about $26 million before last season. The seventh-year pro played sparingly in the preseason after having a career-low 16 catches for 230 yards and one TD in 2009.
Clayton pondered a question about his future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hesitated for a moment and then smiled.He knows he is in for a fight for his job. But he isn't worried. "Every year has been about work. I've been in a lot of positions where I've had to climb from the bottom of the totem pole. It's no different from this year," Clayton said Thursday. "I believe in my talent, and what I can do to help this football team."|||||||
The 27-year-old receiver says he wants to be a leader and mentor for younger players entering his seventh NFL season.He's going to have to tidy up his own house first. Clayton is coming off the least productive season of a largely disappointing career - and he is one of the team's highest-paid players.