The expendable Patrick Crayton was traded to the San Diego Chargers today in exchange for a seventh-round pick. With Vincent Jackson holding out and the possibility of him playing this season remote, the Chargers jumped on the chance to grab Crayton. Jackson has recently said that if he doesn't receive an extension, he will sit out the team's first 10 games.
Dallas no longer had use for Crayton after they drafted Dez Bryant. Miles Austin broke out last year and Roy Williams has an expensive contract combined with talent that makes him much more valuable than Crayton is.
Sam Hurd is likely to remain on the team with Crayton now in a Chargers' uniform.
The bigger question isn't how this will affect the Cowboys but how it will affect the Chargers. Right now, San Diego's top three receivers on the depth chart are as follows: Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee, and Buster Davis. Adding Crayton to the mix provides a proven veteran who will give Phillip Rivers a solid receiver in the slot.
Crayton won't be able to make up for the production that Jackson would have produced but if he is able to produce like he did in Dallas, the Chargers will be happy.
This move could have possibly happened sooner if Bryant hadn't have suffered an ankle injury that cost him the entire preseason. While the move comes a little over a week before the season starts, it was a wise move by Dallas to hang onto Crayton as an insurance policy just in case Bryant's ankle didn't heal properly.
For San Diego, it would have helped to have Crayton throughout camp and preseason so that he could have learned the offense. But as the saying goes, beggars can't be choosers.
And with Jackson not in the mix, the Chargers had no choice but to be beggars.