Wide receiver Patrick Crayton has become the next Cowboy to agree to a contract extension.
Crayton, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to terms on a new four-year, $14 million deal, according to a source. The deal includes a $6 million signing bonus.
Crayton said Thursday he was hoping to reach a deal by the end of the week. He defused any speculation that he might be interested in signing with Miami and reuniting with Bill Parcells.
“This is exactly where I want to be,” said Crayton, who is from DeSoto.
Crayton has produced career numbers this season while replacing the injured Terry Glenn as a starter. He has 48 catches for 689 yards and seven touchdowns.
Crayton will make $1 million in 2008, $1.5 in 2009, $2 million in 2010 and $2.5 in 2011 with a $1 million escalator. Crayton could have possibly received a bigger contract by testing free agency. But he had a strong desire to stay in his hometown area and signed now for the security in case of an injury.
Safety Pat Watkins, who missed the last game with an ankle injury, returned to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday. Center Andre Gurode, who missed the most recent game with a sprained knee, did not practice; instead, he rode the exercise bike. Gurode does not appear likely to play against the Redskins and Cory Procter will start again.
Receiver Terrell Owens (ankle) did not practice.
Cornerback Terence Newman was held out of practice along with nose tackle Jay Ratliff. The two suffered minor injuries against Carolina, but both returned.
Coach Wade Phillips said if there are players who are hurting he is inclined to keep them out against the Redskins.
“Anybody banged up we’re going to be cautious about,” he said.
Phillips said players who are nursing injuries now and would miss the game against the Redskins should be OK to play in the playoff opener.
IRVING -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo wants to play the entire game Sunday at Washington.
That’s not likely, but it remains unclear how much Wade Phillips is willing to risk putting his franchise quarterback on the field with nothing riding on the outcome. Romo is still nursing a bruised right thumb, which didn’t seem to bother him against Carolina. Phillips has not yet indicated his plan of how much other key personnel will play against the Redskins.
"I definitely anticipate playing some," Romo said. "To what extent, it’s up to the coaches, but I definitely want this team to get better and the only way we know how to get better is to compete throughout the week and to compete when the game starts."
Phillips said basically the only reason for Romo playing would be to reach individual goals, ones which don’t seem too important to the quarterback. Romo needs six completions to tie Danny White’s franchise record of 334.
"Besides individual goals, not a whole lot," said Phillips of Romo. "But some of those things are important -- and just to finish off the season and being ready for playoffs."
As far as the thumb, "it’s getting better," Romo said. "It will take time for it to get back all the way. I played with it last week, so it’s fine."
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