Crayton fine with a T.O. reunion in Big D
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton recently told “The Ben and Skin Show” via Mark Francescutti of the Dallas Morning News that he wouldn’t have a problem with controversial wideout Terrell Owens returning to Big D in 2010.
“I would actually feel kinda fine about" Owens returning, Crayton said. "I doubt if it happens, seriously, because of the year that Miles [Austin] had, and they were expecting him to be able to have that year. That's why they let T.O. go. From a friends standpoint, it'd be good. I don't think chemistry-wise, though, it'd be good."
Owens—who was just informed by the Buffalo Bills that he will not be brought back in 2010—was cut by the Cowboys last offseason after the team went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Dallas dropped three of their final four games that season amidst rumors there was locker room discontent that had been started by Owens.
Crayton said that it wasn’t T.O. that split the locker room, but rather, a mole on the team that was leaking information to the media.
“He didn't separate, because if we have a player-and-coaches-only meeting and it's supposed to stay in that room and it gets leaked out that evening and I hear about it the next morning, uh, we got a problem. And trust me, it's not one of the receivers or players. ... Any names that they said, you know, that was causing chaos, trust me, it wasn't any one of those players. And, uh, we located the mole."
Crayton declined to identify the mole.
Despite the fact that the veteran wideout would have no problem with T.O. returning to Dallas in 2010, the move most certainly will not happen. Fourth-year wide receiver Miles Austin had a breakout season, catching 81 passes for 1,320 yards with 11 touchdowns. In addition, Big D is still on the hook for wideout Roy Williams’ overpriced contract.
In addition, the Cowboys’ passing attack improved considerably without Owens on the roster as Dallas went from ninth in the league in passing in 2008 (236.8 yds/gm) to sixth in 2009 (267.9 yds/gm).
Bringing back a 36-year-old wideout in the twilight of his career isn’t going to get the Cowboys any closer to the Super Bowl.
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