Clayton, Carr are players of interest

February 27th, 2009 – 11:50 AM by Judd Zulgad

UPDATE: Just got word that the Lions are also interested in Titans cornerback Chris Carr, although no visit has been set up. That makes three players that the Vikings and Lions are both interested in: Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington, Clayton and Carr. 

The Vikings do not have any known scheduled visits with free agents at this point but they are putting out feelers today. Included in the list of players the Vikings have expressed an interest are Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton and Tennessee cornerback Chris Carr. Clayton, however, is set to make his first visit to Detroit.

Clayton, a first-round choice of Tampa Bay in 2004, caught 38 passes for 484 yards and a touchdown in 15 games last season. He had a career-high 80 catches for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2004. Clayton also has some experience returning kickoffs. He returned only three last season but had eight kick returns for an average of 21.5 yards in 2007.

Carr is valuable because he would not only give the Vikings depth at cornerback but also is able to return kicks and punts. He averaged 28.1 yards on 35 kick returns last season and 10.1 yards on 32 punt returns. Carr spent his first three seasons with Oakland before joining the Titans last year. He has played in all 16 regular-season games the past four years but has started only six times.


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