Report: Agent says Crayton will show for final week of OTA's
The noisiest No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver in the NFL this offseason has made it known he will show up for work this week and volunteer for the final week of the voluntary offseason workout program.
Patrick Crayton will participate in OTA’s beginning Tuesday with the Dallas Cowboys, his agent Fred Lyles informed ESPN Dallas in a text message.
“Crayton is excited about the 2010 NFL season and accepts any decision(s) made by the Cowboys organization regarding his status with the team,” Lyles texted. “He's looking to compete and we don't want to be a distraction.”
Crayton has been lobbying for a trade or release since the Cowboys traded up in the draft to select Dez Bryant, giving them a loaded field at wide receiver with Miles Austin and Roy Williams also in play. But the Cowboys, who signed Crayton to a $14 million, four-year contract, couldn’t get anything in return for him, probably because his base salary for 2010 is $2 million. So, Crayton can plan on sticking it out right now, even if he is accurate that he’s an insurance policy in the event something goes wrong.
“If I'm going to be with another team, I need to get used to another city, another franchise, a new coach, a new quarterback, a new coordinator, everything," Crayton said on the airwaves recently. "Just a whole new environment. My wife and kids got to get settled in, got to get in schools and everything. I would love to have the opportunity to compete with another team versus come here and come here for a numbers thing where they're like, 'Oh, we're not going to pay you that to be our fourth or fifth guy,' or whatever the situation is and you kept me the whole training camp because you need camp bodies.
"To me, you're messing with people's careers and people's lives."
The less noise Crayton and Lyles make about his situation, the better off things might become for them in the long run.
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