Patrick Crayton will pass on the start of OTA's

Patrick Crayton is passing on OTA’s this week in Dallas.

The Cowboys wide receiver, who has requested a trade, isn’t going to be around today when quarterback Tony Romo skips on a chance to qualify for the Byron Nelson and puts on a football helmet instead.

Crayton’s agent Fred Lyles told Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News that Crayton will not be present this week but he does plan to attend “some of the voluntary sessions in the future.”

The club gave Crayton permission to seek a trade after it traded up in the first round to draft Dez Bryant last month. Crayton could surface later on and is going to attend the minicamp, which is mandatory, June 11-13.

Lyles said that Crayton is not sending a message by skipping now. The reality of the situation is the Cowboys might find it difficult to trade Crayton as he’s two years into a $14 million, four-year contract. His base salary for this season is $2 million and unless a team trading for him plans to start him, that’s a fair bit to be paying a backup. He made 39 receptions for 550 yards and four touchdowns and can certainly help some team this season. The problem with the contract is it might be a little too much for him to play third or fourth fiddle now in Dallas.

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