WR Patrick Crayton Acquired By Chargers

Justin PenicheCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Patrick Crayton of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Chargers made a roster move on Friday that is sure to impact the final cut down due Saturday.

With Pro Bowl wide out Vincent Jackson holding out, the Chargers acquired receiver Patrick Crayton from the Dallas Cowboys.  The specifics of the deal have not yet been announced, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Cowboys will receive a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for the six-year veteran.

Crayton was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2004.  In six seasons with Dallas, Crayton caught 196 passes for a total of 2,888 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.  His best season was in 2007 when he had 50 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns.

The acquisition of Crayton means the end of the line for at least one of the Chargers receivers on the bubble of making the team. 

Projected starters Malcom Floyd and Legadu Naanee have nothing to fear, but perennial underachiever Buster Davis and veteran free agent Josh Reed might want to start biting their nails.  Davis has struggled to stay on the field since the Chargers spent their first-round pick on him in 2007 and Reed has been outplayed by undrafted free agents Jeremy Williams and Seyi Ajirotutu. 

Crayton became expendable when the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant with their first-round pick in April's draft.  With Bryant, Miles Austin and Roy Williams, Crayton was sliding down the depth chart and recently asked the Cowboys for his release. 

Now a Charger, Crayton can expect to be the slot receiver and could challenge Naanee for the number two spot.