Ravens make room for Houshmandzadeh by trading Clayton to Rams

By Dan Parzych

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Shorty after signing T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Baltimore Ravens traded wide receiver Mark Clayton to the St. Louis Rams for a late-round draft pick, according to ESPN AFC North blogger James Walker.

Clayton, a former first round pick, was drafted by the Ravens in 2005 out of Oklahoma, but has never lived up to his potential. His best season with the Ravens came in 2006 when he caught 67 receptions for 939 yards and five touchdowns. Over the last three years, Clayton has recorded 123 receptions for 1,706 yards and just five touchdowns—which is not what Baltimore was hoping for from a former first-round draft pick.

Considering the wide receiving corps Joe Flacco now has, the move makes sense for the Ravens to ship out Clayton since they needed to get rid of one player on the roster for Housh. Along with Housh, Baltimore acquired Anquan Boldin and signed Donte’ Stallworth during the offseason to provide Joe Flacco with more weapons in the passing game.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for RantSports.com/NFL,  where he writes and edits NFL content for RantSports.com.

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