Sam Bradford Has New Target As St. Louis Rams Trade For Mark Clayton

Robert QuinnCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  (L-R) Mark Clayton #89 and Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens talk on the field against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams have acquired wide receiver Mark Clayton from the Baltimore Ravens today in a trade, shortly after the Ravens signed the recently-released T.J. Houshmenzadeh.

The Ravens have loaded up on offensive weapons this offseason, adding Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin through a trade.

Additionally, they decided to take a chance on another wide receiver in Donte Stallworth, who was recently released from jail. The Ravens continued to bolster their offense by signing Houshmenzadeh, as well as adding rookie tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson via the NFL Draft, to eventually take over Todd Heap's role.

Someone had to leave, and thankfully for the Rams they were able to trade for Clayton, in return for an undisclosed draft pick.

Clayton is entering his sixth season in the National Football League, and although he's never caught 70 passes in a season, he's a consistent and reliable target, which will be a great benefit to the young rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.

Throughout his career, Clayton has averaged over 13 yards per reception, so he will definitely be a "go to" guy when Bradford needs to move the chains.

The Rams were desperately in need of another option at wide receiver, due to the young and upcoming talented wide receiver, Donnie Avery, being placed on injured reserve, leaving Laurent Robinson as the No. 1 wideout in St. Louis.

Although Clayton is better suited as a No. 2 wide receiver, he will be a reliable target for a young quarterback who has a lack of weapons at his disposal.