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Clayton: 'talents haven't been utilized completely'



Receiver Michael Clayton says he plans to test free agency and has received no indication that the Bucs want him to return next season.

A first-round pick in 2004, Clayton was an All-Rookie performer who led the team in receiving with 80 catches for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns. But he struggled to duplicate those numbers over the next three years combined.

This season, Clayton has 36 catches for 397 yards and no touchdowns. He has reached the end zone just once since his rookie season.

"We'll hit free agency and see what happens,'' Clayton said Wednesday. "Like I said, I've done a lot of time here. I've been here to be used. I feel like my talents haven't been utilized completely. I don't know the situation, man, we'll figure that out the next few weeks.''

Clayton says there has been no discussions about a new contract with the Bucs, a signal that the team plans to move on.

"It's been mixed feelings a little bit,'' Clayton said. "Like I said, I haven't heard anything. So that's definitely not the first thought that crosses my mind entering the last game of the season. It's all good. I've done my part. I have a smile on my face. I'm excited for me and my family going into the situation knowing that I put my best foot forward every time I stepped on the field and have bettered myself in the situation that I've been here. I feel good about what I have done here and my future as an NFL player.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:20pm]


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