This morning, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, was on with Newy Scruggs of 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas talking about the final cuts that would be made this weekend.
Scruggs brought up Patrick Crayton and was of the opinion that Crayton was the second best receiver on the Cowboys' roster and that the chemistry between him and quarterback Tony Romo was solid. While Jones didn't disagree directly with Scruggs, he did say that Kevin Ogletree also had good chemistry with Romo and that he was brought in to handle the punt returning duties.
There had been talk since Cowboys' training camp opened that Crayton wanted to be traded or given his outright release. There hadn't been much talk about it until yesterday when the rumors surfaced again the Crayton had asked to be given his outright release so he could sign with the team of his choice.
His agent, Fred Lyles, told ESPN, "It is clear the direction in which the organization is moving in. Crayton is not part of the rebuilding plans."
It appears Lyle was right. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cowboys traded Crayton this afternoon to the San Diego Chargers though it's not known who the Cowboys will receive a player or a draft pick in return.
Crayton spent six seasons with the Cowboys, totaling 2,888 receiving yards and 23 total touchdowns during his time in Dallas.
He will now head to a team that already has a talented receiving corps, but you have to believe that this marks the end of the Vincent Jackson era in San Diego. Bringing Crayton in could mean that the team is close to trading Jackson.
This is a deal that absolutely benefits the Cowboys. Crayton, as his agent said before, was not going to part of the Dallas Cowboys this season and it was just a matter of time before this move was made.