Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Movement on NFC West receiver front
By Mike Sando
Veteran receiver Mark Clayton is returning to the St. Louis Rams, adding intrigue to decisions the team must make in meeting the 53-man roster limit by Saturday.
Clayton announced the news through his verified Twitter account. Adding Clayton to the mix just as the Rams are approaching roster cuts will give us plenty to consider once the team does reduce to the 53-man limit.
Bringing back Clayton was an easy call once Clayton was healthy. He had 23 receptions through five games last season and instantly developed a rapport with quarterback Sam Bradford.
If Clayton is healthy, his presence imperils receivers fighting for roster spots. Mardy Gilyard, Donnie Avery and Danario Alexander come to mind immediately, assuming the team plans to keep drafted rookies Greg Salas and Austin Pettis.
The Seattle Seahawks also made a couple receiver moves Wednesday. With Sidney Rice and Ben Obomanu shaken up at practice Tuesday, the team re-signed receivers Patrick Williams and Chris Carter heading into the final preseason game Friday night. Punter John Gold and cornerback Ron Parker were released to make room on the 80-man roster.