Despite not playing a single offensive snap in Tampa Bay’s 19-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, veteran wide receiver Michael Clayton is not concerned about his future with the squad as the Bucs’ roster gets set to be trimmed significantly in the forthcoming days.
“We’ve got one more preseason game Thursday in Houston and hopefully, I’ll get a chance to get out there,” said Clayton, who signed a new deal in 2009 that included $10.5 million in guaranteed payouts.
“I can’t see it to be honest,” he replied when asked if he expects to be cut. “I’ve got full confidence that I’ll be here. You never know what’s going to happen and I could be wrong. But with our youth, I would say in my opinion it would be beneficial (if) I would be here.”
I happen to agree with his logic about the need for some veteran presence inside the Buccaneers locker room. If I’m not mistaken, the Buccaneers have fewer than five guys on the potential roster than are over the age of 30. With two young quarterbacks who need somebody who’s been there and done that to throw to, it’s probably safe to assume that Clayton will in fact earn a helmet for the upcoming season.