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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Report: Giants to sign Michael Clayton

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

The New York Giants will sign former Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton to a one-year contract Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Clayton surpassed 1,000 yards and had seven touchdowns his rookie season in '04, but he was a huge disappointment after that. He just finished up the season with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.

It's been reported that NFL teams have to pay a $150,000 "transfer fee" to sign UFL players, but a Giants source told me Tuesday morning that wouldn't be the case with Clayton. He'll now join the Giants' thin rotation at receiver. Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan will likely start against Jacksonville on Sunday, but Clayton could quickly become the third or fourth receiver for New York.

I looked back at Clayton's career to see if he'd ever had success against the Giants, and he really hasn't. He had 39 yards receiving in that playoff loss to the Giants at the end of the '07 season. In his other games against New York, he was nearly shut down completely. After his rookie season, his best year came in '08, when he had 38 catches for 484 yards and one touchdown.

Unless the 28-year-old Clayton can turn the clock back about six years, I don't think you should expect a lot out of him this season.