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Clayton Agrees To 5-Year Deal With Bucs

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Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 03:24 AM

Michael Clayton spent Saturday afternoon in Detroit and Saturday night in frigid Minneapolis. By this afternoon, he'll be back in Tampa - to stay.

After a 24-hour test of the free-agent market, Clayton canceled a trip to Seattle and agreed on a five-year contract with the Bucs.

"I haven't signed it yet but it's going to go down today," Clayton told The Tampa Tribune late Saturday. "It's been a long day for me."

The day started with Clayton visiting the Lions. From there he was expected to go to Seattle, but a call from the Bucs ended those plans.

"They called and told me not to get on the plane," Clayton said. "They finally met the number we were looking for."

Financial details were not available, but the deal made Clayton the fifth Bucs free agent to re-sign with the club.

He joins receiver Antonio Bryant, quarterback Luke McCown, defensive tackle Ryan Sims and safety Will Allen, who agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.35 million deal earlier Saturday.

The Bucs have made signing their own free agents a top priority and their actions have supported that approach.

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