In this day and age, it seems like it's hard to find a respected, consistent player in the NFL.
Patrick Crayton comes to mind when I think of someone in the NFL who has been through good and bad times. But through it all has never been a pest to see the easy way out.
Crayton has never been flashy or put up big numbers, but he has always been a consistent, hard-working player that will come in week-in-and-week-out playing his best.
He's never been given a true opportunity to start, as a star has always left him in a shadow, yet through that, is still able to put up 500-600 receiving yards per season.
He's been one of the top slot-receivers in the game for years.
Now, with three receivers ahead of Crayton on Dallas' depth chart, he has found himself wanting out of Dallas with great reasoning.
Crayton is another example of a star that has never been able to reach his potential because of his position on the depth chart, and he doesn't have too many years left inside him, as his best days will soon be behind him.
Dallas has yet to respect Crayton's wish to be traded or released so he can become the starting receiver he deserves to be.
At age 31, Crayton still has enough in the tank to be a reliable No. 2 receiver.
If given the chance, I have no doubt Crayton could put over 1,000 yards plus with a team with a big need at receiver. Someone like Jacksonville, Buffalo, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, or Washington would all be a good fit for Crayton.
Coaches all around the league would love to have a player like Crayton, a big reason why Dallas is having a hard time deciding to let him go or not.
He's a mature, respectful player on and off the field, and it's hard to find players like that in the league anymore.
With Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and rookie Dez Bryant all ahead of Crayton in the Cowboys' depth chart, Crayton will struggle to get the playing time he wants, especially with another productive receiver, Sam Hurd, behind him.
All in all, the Cowboys need to respect Crayton, a player who has been respectful to the whole Dallas organization for many years. He deserves to be at least a No. 2 receiver in the league as he finishes his great career.