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)
As you may have heard, disgruntled receiver Patrick Crayton is set to return to the team's voluntary OTAs today after a long absence. Crayton has been actively seeking a trade since draft weekend, during which the team was reportedly shopping the veteran without his knowledge. Last month, Crayton publicly demanded an immediate release from Dallas, the only team he's known since entering the league in 2005.
Crayton, who has been working out independently at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney, is chomping at the bit to return to the field at Valley Ranch.
"I'm just ready to get back out there with my teammates and play some football," Crayton told ESPNDallas's Calvin Watkins. "I've been itching for it."
Crayton isn't the only one looking forward to Tuesday's practice. Quarterback Tony Romo is excited for the wayward receiver's return. Romo, speaking to reporters on Monday after attempting (unsuccessfully) to qualify for the US Open, said he will talk with Crayton at Valley Ranch.
"I'll talk to Patrick," Romo said, per ESPNDallas.com. "Patrick has been around a long time, he knows the game and he knows the business side of things and he knows the competitive side of things. He knows he has to come in and perform and do good things and that’s how these guys win positions on the field. It's all part of going out there and Patrick knows that. He's a competitor, it will be good to have him out there."