Receiver Michael Clayton's first foray into free agency didn't last long.
Tampa Bay's 2004 first-round pick agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Bucs, who stepped in with a lucrative deal just as Clayton was preparing to make a free agent visit to Seattle. He was 90 minutes from boarding a flight Saturday when the Bucs called and the sides struck an agreement in principle.
The deal will pay Clayton $10.5 million in guarantees and could be worth $26 million if certain incentives are reached.
The Bucs had been in talks with Clayton, 26, for weeks but were unable to meet his salary demands until Saturday, when it seems they increased their offer.
Clayton had a splendid rookie season in 2004 but since then his production has been modest, a result of injuries, performance and limited opportunities.
With Saturday's move, it appears the Bucs see him playing a key role in their retooled offense under coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.