From Jamison Hensley with the Baltimore Sun :
The Ravens traded wide receiver Mark Clayton to the St. Louis Rams for a late-round pick.
The move comes hours after the Ravens signed free-agent receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Clayton was a 2005 first-round pick by the Ravens but he struggled with his consistency. His catches have dropped the past three seasons. His 34 catches last season were a career low.
Still, Clayton had one of his best training camps with the Ravens. He outplayed Donte’ Stallworth and worked as the No. 3 wide receiver in the preseason.
Clayton’s best season came in 2006 with quarterback Steve McNair. He led the team with 939 receiving yards.
In 2008, Clayton ranked second in receptions (41) but led the Ravens with a 17.1-yard per catch average.
Last season, he was fourth on the team with 34 catches. But he managed just one reception in two postseason games.
As soon as the Houshmandzadeh signing became public it was immediately speculated that Mark Clayton’s days were numbered in Baltimore. He was expected to be traded or released within the next few days.
The move happened in a few hours.
Clayton was coming off maybe his best training camp to date but his career in Baltimore can only be described as somewhat disappointing. He never became the type of impact player that you would expect out of a 1st round selection. Over the next few days I plan on doing some kind of retrospective to treat the subject with some objectivity but Clayton has moved on.