Patrick Crayton Wants Out Soon As Possible: Why Is That The Right Choice?

Pedro GonzalezContributor IMay 28, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Wide receiver Patrick Crayton #84 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Patrick Crayton announced on Friday, May 28 ,the team is "messing with people's careers and people's lives" and that he wants to be released immediately.

That seems pretty reasonable after Dallas drafted WR Dez Bryant, making Crayton No. 4 in that position's depth chart.

Since then, rumors around the web have been speculating a trade with teams such as the Cleveland Browns.

But as Crayton himself stated, the team just wants him as an insurance if Bryant, Miles Austin, or Roy Williams suffer an injury.

While it may be very reasonable to keep him on an uncapped year, they are better off without him and Patrick Crayton is better off without them.

Let's Look At The Different Situations

If he stays the whole season:

If Patrick stays with the team, he wont have a lot of playing time and his stats will decrease so much that his value will decrease as well.

That affects both Patrick Crayton and the Dallas Cowboys.

Because, while Dallas won't get any trade offers, except maybe a 7th rounder, they'll cut him and Crayton will find it hard to get a good deal in the free-agency market.

Besides, Crayton will make the locker room a mess with his presence, making it a distraction for the team.

If he stays for just training camp:

He won't get traded, meaning he will get cut, while making the locker room a distraction in the meantime.

After he gets cut; he possibly won't get a job until next season, because most of the teams in the league, by that stage of the season, don't have time of waiting for Patrick to learn their system.

But if he gets cut or traded right now:

Dallas can make a good trade right now involving maybe a 5th or 6th round pick for the 2011 NFL Draft or an average back-up at a position that they need.

While Crayton having time to learn the new system in time for the regular season and being the No. 2 or No. 3 guy on a team's roster.


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