Last week, disgruntled receiver Patrick Crayton demanded he be released by the Dallas Cowboys in order to find a new team. Dallas has been shopping the veteran for some time now with the help of Crayton's agent Fred Lyles, but thus far there have been no takers. Crayton said last week that he would be fine with competing for a position, but that he doesn't believe there will be any real competition.
As such, he doesn't want to be used as "insurance" only to be cut after training camp, at which time finding a new team at a fitting price would be significantly more difficult.
"To me," Crayton said last week, "you're messing with people's careers and people's lives."
Unfortunately for Crayton, a six-year veteran of the Cowboys, this is not likely. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones spoke about Crayton at Wednesday's OTA at Cowboys Stadium, and made clear that he has no plans to grant Crayton's wish for a speedy release.
"I don't know that there is a time frame," Jones said, referring to a potential release of Crayton. "I haven't thought about it."
Crayton, and Lyles, have remained adamant that the receiver will attend this month's mandatory mini-camp. However, judging by his remarks over the past month, Crayton is far from content as a Dallas Cowboy with a murky future and ambiguous role. For Jones, though, the situation is cut and dried, as it stands now.
"There is nothing to be confused about," Jones said. "Patrick is under contract, and this is a voluntary workout. When we have mandatory workouts, he will probably be the first in line to be here. That's the way it is."