[UPDATE, 11/23/10 7:01 PM EST: Tight end Jake Ballard has been waived. Tough break for a kid who was just activated off the practice squad for Sunday's Philadelphia game.]
Here is a little bit more info on the newest New York Giant, wide receiver Michael Clayton.
Clayton, 28, was a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004. He caught 80 passes in his first season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder never duplicated that success, however, and his 38 catches in 2008 were his most in any other season.
He played just 11 games for Tampa Bay last season, catching 16 balls. He was cut in the preaseason this year. Clayton has 221 career catches for 2,936 yards and 10 touchdowns. His career average is 13.3 yards per catch.
Clayton spent the last several weeks playing for the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL. He had eight catches for 88 yards in three games with the Nighthawks. There was some thought that the Giants would have to pay a transfer fee to the Nighthawks, but that won't be the case.
No word yet on who the Giants will remove from the roster to make room for Clayton. Also, I put a feeler out to our friends over at Bucs Nation for thoughts on Clayton. I will let you know when I get some feedback.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct 13, 1982