Patrick Crayton saga just won't end
Has a third or fourth receiver ever been so successful in generating as much offseason noise as Patrick Crayton has?
At this point, he better have what? Sixty receptions? Seventy? Ten touchdowns?
The saga will not end in Dallas where the Cowboys shopped Crayton on draft weekend after they traded up in the first round to select Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Then, Crayton caught wind of the trade efforts and requested permission to seek a trade. That was granted. But with him due to earn $2 million this season, and with the Cowboys more likely to keep a cheaper option as a fourth receiver like Kevin Ogletree, well, the writing is on the wall.
Crayton has boycotted the voluntary offseason workout program, and we don’t blame him for that. He says he plans to show up later this month for mandatory minicamp, a good idea on his part. But the bottom line here is that Crayton has zero leverage.
The Cowboys are “messing with people's careers and people's lives" Crayton said last Friday on the radio when he made it clear he wanted to be released immediately. What player unhappy with his situation doesn’t want to be released?
"Crayton understands that the NFL is a business and organizations make personnel decisions that are reflective or based on their vision and goals," Lyles told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. "In such an environment change is anticipated and accepted. Change is sometimes good for all parties involved. Currently, Crayton is a member of the Cowboys organization and excited about continuing his career in the NFL."
Glad we could clear that up. The bottom line is no one wants to make a substantial trade for a complementary receiver, especially one earning $2 million. No one wants to trade for a player they figure will be released. And Crayton doesn’t want to be an insurance policy in training camp for the Cowboys against injury, a player who will be released in early September provided disaster doesn’t strike.
The problem here is the Cowboys hold all the cards. The more Crayton and Lyles complain, the worse this picture looks for them. Crayton outperformed Roy Williams last season but the reality is that Jerry Jones didn't make a high-stakes trade for Crayton and then pay him a ridiculous amount of money. Miles Austin, Bryant and Williams project ahead of Crayton. Quietly waiting for his opportunity to go elsewhere would seem to be the most prudent strategy at this point.
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