The Patrick Crayton trade was a good deal for all involved.
It was a good deal for Crayton because as a 30-year-old receiver with middle-of-the-road skills, the market for his services was not great. Every team in the NFL has a Crayton or two on it. Most of them are a little younger and earn less money than Patrick.
Jerry and Stephen Jones did Crayton a massive favor, and showed their appreciation for his services by finding him a place where he can play on a contending team with a top-flight quarterback in need of a dependable receiver. A more perfect scenario for the lately disgruntled receiver is hard to imagine.
It was a good deal for the Chargers because they got good value for their money. Where the Cowboys are deep, the Chargers are not. Norv Turner and Phillip Rivers needed a receiver they could count on to make solid plays at crucial times. Patrick Crayton is just such a receiver. While the Cowboys would consider Crayton overpaid for what he brings to the table, the Chargers shouldn't.
Moreover, San Diego only had to give up a seventh-round pick to get him.
It was a good deal for the Cowboys because they had to do something. The handwriting was on the locker room wall. The arrival of Dez Bryant pushed Crayton another notch down the depth chart. A couple million bucks for a third receiver is not a bad deal. For a fourth receiver, it is a bit much...especially when the Cowboys think they have other less expensive, equally viable options, such as Kevin Ogletree.
It was also good for team chemistry. Since the departure of Terrell Owens, the Cowboys' locker room has been as harmonious as a nunnery. Team spirit has been high. Camaraderie has been noticeable. Excuse-making has mostly been reduced to the office of the head coach, and even he sometimes owns mistakes and admits there might be room for improvement. Finger-pointing has been relegated to the lunchroom buffet line.
Patrick's frame of mind wasn't likely to improve when he started the season on the sideline with his chin strap undone while a punk kid and an underachieving Roy Williams filled up the available wide receiver space on the field. Chances are, if he could find some discord, he would sow it until he forced the organization to do something about him. Call this a preemptive strike by the Joneses, or call it preventative measures.
Call it what you will, but call it a good deal.
Crayton did some nice things while with the Cowboys. He was a good player for them. But he was mostly just a guy, seldom a game-changer. And now he is a guy for the San Diego Chargers.
And everyone should be happy with that.