After missing three of the organized team activity sessions that have taken place recently, wide receiver Patrick Crayton will attend the voluntary sessions starting Tuesday. Crayton will also be at the mandatory minicamp from Friday through Sunday.
Crayton was upset last month when he found out the Cowboys tried to trade him to Miami. He found that out when other teams contacted Lyles.
After the Cowboys drafted Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant with their first round draft pick, Crayton was unhappy because he felt that he would be the fourth receiver. Crayton has played in 82 games for the Cowboys during his six-year career and started 32.
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips and owner Jerry Jones have said there would be open competition in camp, but Crayton has made a public statement doubting that.
“If it’s a true competition, he doesn’t have a problem with it at all,” Lyles said. "However, if if there is anything other than a true competition, that’s when I think he’s not going to be happy.”
But therein is the dilemma for Crayton, because as Lyles said, “You won’t get an idea of whether there is open competition until the season starts.”
For now, however, Crayton will be back with the team.
“Right now, he’s under contract and he has to honor that or he will suffer repercussions,” Lyles said. “In no way are we not going to abide by the contract.”