Monday, September 6, 2010
Ravens trade WR Mark Clayton to Rams
By James Walker
T.J. Houshmandzadeh in, and Mark Clayton out.
That's the best way to sum up the Baltimore Ravens' Labor Day, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team traded Clayton to the St. Louis Rams for a late-round draft pick.
Clayton showed flashes, but was mostly a disappointment in Baltimore. Despite being a former first-round pick, Clayton never developed enough consistency to be a great NFL receiver. There were times when he would record more than 100 yards receiving and then completely disappear the next two or three games, which was puzzling.
The inconsistency was part of the reason Baltimore traded for Anquan Boldin this offseason, to take Clayton out of the starting lineup. But Monday's signing of Houshmandzadeh made Clayton expendable.
The bad news is Baltimore didn't get much value for Clayton. But adding Houshmandzadeh to the roster and trading Clayton is a significant upgrade in my book.