Giants to sign Clayton

The search to replace Hakeem Nicks has led the Giants to former Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton.

According to ESPN football insider Adam Schefter, Clayton will sign a one-year deal with the Giants today.

The 6-4 Clayton, who was released by the Buccaneers this season, was with Omaha in the UFL.

The UFL has a transfer fee of $150,000 although NFC East blogger Matt Mosley reports that the Giants won’t have to pay the fee.

Clayton, 28, played six seasons for the Buccaneers but never was able to duplicate his impressive rookie season. After finishing with 80 receptions for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2004, Clayton didn’t have more than 38 catches for 484 yards in any of his other five seasons in Tampa as injuries played a part in slowing him down.

Nicks will be out for at least three weeks due to swelling in his leg that required a fasciotomy on Monday. Derek Hagan is expected to start opposite Mario Manningham. The Giants have rookie Duke Calhoun as their third receiver. Returner Darius Reynaud can play wide receiver as well.