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Crayton Wants Out

Patrick Crayton has formally requested the Dallas Cowboys to be released. In the past 18 months, he has seen Roy Williams brought in to replace him, Miles Austin pass both of them on the depth chart, and now his team has spent its first round draft pick on a receiver, Dez Bryant. He is convinced that these moves will lead to his eventual release, and that he does not factor into the Cowboys’ plans at all. He claims that he will be released after training camp as long as his younger competition stays healthy.

Dallas would be making a huge mistake by cutting Crayton, if that is indeed in their plans. Financially, Crayton does not hurt to keep around as he will make only about $2 million in 2010. He just turned 31, but he is entering only his seventh season in the league. Crayton has proven he is the second best receiver on the team. Besides Jason Witten, no Cowboy has come close to the consistency Crayton has put up in terms of receiving. He has had 4 straight 500+ yard seasons, catching 162 balls over that span. Miles Austin has 99, Roy Williams has 138 (57 of which have come in his 25 games as a Cowboy), and Dez Bryant has 0 in that same time frame.

Dez Bryant, as talented as he may be, is a boom-or-bust luxury pick. Any contributions from him must be regarded as a bonus until he proves that he can bring his own cleats to practice at least. If he has a 40 catch season, by all means, cut the 32-year-old Crayton in 2011. Now, however, is not the time to ruin your ideal situation at receiver. Crayton is dependable, something you cannot say for any other Dallas receiver, including one year wonder Miles Austin. If Dallas needs to promote Crayton to the starting lineup for him to accept his role, so be it. He belongs there anyway.

What Crayton needs to understand is that his value to Dallas is not his 40 catches for 500 yards and 4 TDs but his role as an insurance policy. Miles Austin is due for a huge contract along the lines of 6 years, $55 million. If that cannot get done, Dallas will have to put all their eggs in the Roy Williams/Dez Bryant basket if they cut Crayton. If Bryant doesn’t pan out with Crayton gone, Romo has no depth behind Austin. As a free agent, I’m not sure how much of a market there is for a run of the mill possession receiver into his 30s. Both Crayton and the Cowboys need to find common ground, because they will both be much worse off without each other.


May 29, 2010 - Posted by | NFL News, Opinion

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