Clayton expects to be out of Tampa Bay

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

That's not a U-Haul store around the corner from Raymond James Stadium. It's just the parking lot at One Buccaneer Place.

Add receiver Michael Clayton to the list of guys on their way out of town (Monte Kiffin, Jeff Garcia, Joey Galloway, etc.). Clayton said Wednesday he definitely will test free agency after the season.

That's not exactly the kind of thing you want to hear when your team is 9-6 and still within reach of a playoff spot. But give Clayton credit for speaking the truth and saying he knows it's best for his career if he goes elsewhere. The guy had a big rookie season, but hasn't done much since he got into coach Jon Gruden's doghouse.

Whenever the Bucs begin their offseason, they're going to have some major changes and receiver will be one of the most interesting to watch. Galloway's either going to retire or be cut. Clayton will be gone and there's no telling what the Bucs will do with the aging Ike Hilliard as they blow up the position.

The only receiver they truly want back is Antonio Bryant, but that may be difficult. Bryant has had a huge season after spending last year out of the league. Tampa Bay will try to re-sign him before free agency starts. But Bryant's season has been so good that he could have huge value on the open market.

Believe it or not, the receiver on the Tampa Bay roster right now who has the best chance of being there next season might be Dexter Jackson. Although his rookie season was nothing short of a tremendous bust, the Bucs are likely to give the second-round pick one more shot because it's difficult to admit a mistake so soon.