Clayton, who posted 221 catches in six seasons with the Bucs after being drafted 15th overall in 2004, could not rise up a 2010 Tampa Bay depth chart littered with young receivers. The former LSU star had 80 catches for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, but never posted as many as 40 receptions or 500 yards in any season thereafter.
Also released were cornerback Brandon Anderson, safety Vince Anderson, running back Carlos Brown, center Jonathan Compas (waived/injured), offensive lineman Marc Dile, tackle Xavier Fulton, defensive end George Johnson, tight end Jeron Mastrud, linebacker Rico McCoy, defensive tackle Dre Moore, defensive tackle Carlton Powell, tight end Ryan Purvis, center Donovan Raiola, cornerback Derrick Roberson, linebacker Lee Robinson, defensive end James Ruffin, quarterback Jevan Snead, fullback Rendrick Taylor and cornerback Trae Williams.
Also on Saturday, the Bucs placed tackle Demar Dotson (knee) on season-ending injured reserve, and placed cornerback Aqib Talib on the Reserve/Suspended list.
Talib will miss the opener due to a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The Buccaneers will begin their 2010 regular season slate next Sunday, when they welcome the Cleveland Browns to Raymond James Stadium.