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May 26, 2010

Just CHILL: Crayton wants to be some where he is wanted

Clarence Hill

Receiver Patrick Crayton is not disgruntled or angry with the Cowboys. In fact, the DeSoto native would love to continue his continue his career with his hometown team.

The problem is that he doesn't know if he's wanted after being put on the trading block during the draft after the Cowboys selected receiver Dez Bryant in the first round. 

 It prompted him to ask permission to seek his own trade as well as stay away from the team's off season program and voluntary OTA practices.


Crayton said the ideal resolution for him is "to be some where you are wanted." 

"I don't know that I'm wanted here," said Crayton Wednesday night at Coppell High where he competed in a charity basketball game between former Cowboys and current players.

"That's still to be determined. That's tough because all I have known is the star on helmet. It’s tough not knowing if the team wants you or not."


Crayton plans to be at the mandatory mini camp in June and also training camp if he is still on the roster.

 But right now he's exercising his right to skip the voluntary workouts.

He is working out at the Michael Johnson performance center in McKinney


"Right now my job is to work out and prepare myself for the season," Crayton said. "I definitely miss my teammates. I talked to a bunch today (at the game). I still communicate with a bunch of the wideouts and coach Ray Sherman. I run routes on my own. It's kind of tough without my quarterback (Tony Romo)."


Crayton said it's not a situation where he is afraid to compete. He said he has beaten odds his entire career since being a seventh round pick out Northwestern Oklahoma State in 2004.


He said if it's an open competition he will be with the Cowboys in 2010.

But if the decision has been made already _with Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Dez Bryant already been given the top three receiver spots _ “then I won’t.”


He believes it's unlikely the Cowboys will keep him and his $2 million salary as the fourth or fifth receiver when final cuts are made after training camp.

If that is the case, Crayton would like the decision to be made now rather than later so he can get his family settled.


"The uncertainty is tough for me dealing with my wife and my  two young boys," Crayton said. "If I'm going to go somewhere let me go so I can get my family acclimated to a new environment." 



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