Gradkowski named in investigation

QB is being looked at by FBI.

Published August 30, 2007

TAMPA - Second-year quarterback Bruce Gradkowski's name has surfaced during a federal points-shaving investigation at his alma mater, Toledo, according to a report.

ESPN.com says investigators are reviewing his playing time in certain games in which the final scores and betting patterns raised suspicions. In some of the games, Gradkowski, a starter from 2003-05, was not at full strength because of injuries.

FBI agents have not spoken to Gradkowski, according to the story, and there is no indication he is a target of the investigation or that he might be charged.

ESPN.com quoted Gradkowski as saying: "I don't know what to say about that."

Gradkowski's agent, Ralph Cindrich, did not respond to inquiries from the Times on Wednesday, and Gradkowski could not be reached.

CLAYTON TRADE WINDS?: The Bucs are thought to be shopping Michael Clayton, but it's unlikely they would get an offer they deem fair for a receiver they invested a No. 1 pick and millions of dollars in. They likely would seek an early round draft pick at minimum.

There are factors that make trading Clayton plausible. The Bucs have a logjam at receiver, including Joey Galloway, Maurice Stovall, Ike Hilliard,David Boston, Paris Warren and Mark Jones, who could make the final roster as a return specialist.

Clayton's production has slipped in each of the past two seasons. He followed his 1,193-yard rookie season in 2004 with 372 and 356 yards, respectively.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at sholder@sptimes.com or 813 226-3377.