The San Diego Chargers have traded a 2011 seventh-round draft pick for disgruntled Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton.
Crayton, who had been with the Cowboys since they drafted him in 2004, saw his roll in the Cowboys passing offense decline after Dallas selected Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant in the first-round of the draft this past April.
Due to his decreased roll, Crayton's agent Fred Lyles had asked the Cowboys to grant his client an outright release before Saturday's 5 p.m. deadline when teams are required to set their 53-man rosters.
"It seems he doesn't figure in their plans so it's not logical to be on the roster until Saturday," Lyles said.
He continued with, "We don't see the use in prolonging it."
Crayton is scheduled to make $2 million this season.
While this may seem like a good preseason pick-up for the Chargers, it could spell disaster for those undrafted free-agent rookies that are on the bubble to make the roster or even the practice squad.
Crayton will look to be the number three receiver behind Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee. Both Floyd and Naanee had great preseason appearances in the absence of Vincent Jackson.
With Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson adamant about sitting out the entire season, it created an opportunity for veteran wide receivers Josh Reed and Buster Davis to move up on the depth chart, while possibly giving rookie wide receivers Seyi Ajirotutu and Jeremy Williams a chance to make the team and be called upon in four wide receiver sets.
It will be interesting to see how the next 24 hours plays out, and to find out what players will be wearing gold and blue this season.
Unfortunately, in this case, only time will tell.
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