Assuming the T.J. Houshmandzadeh deal becomes official (the Ravens have not yet announced the signing), the team will have to make a roster move to get back down to the 53-man limit.
It seems like wide receiver Mark Clayton could be the guy to go.
The Ravens have told the six-year veteran that they are attempting to trade him, and will release him if they cannot find a taker, according Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
Clayton was the Ravens’ first-round pick back in 2005. The Houshmandzadeh signing would likely bump the Oklahoma product down to fourth on the team’s wide receiver depth chart, and when Donte’ Stallworth returns mid-way through the year from his broken ankle, Clayton’s role with the team would be even less clear.
Clayton’s best year with the Ravens came in 2006, when the speedy receiver made 67 catches for 939 yards and five touchdowns. In the three years since then, however, he has failed to eclipse 50 catches, 700 yards or three touchdowns.
The 28-year-old dealt with an ankle injury in training camp, and recently suffered a mild concussion in the Ravens’ third preseason game. He expected to be fully recovered and ready for the Ravens’ regular season opener against the Jets.
While Clayton might be healthy at that point, it appears that he won’t be suiting up for the Ravens on Sept. 13 at the Meadowlands.