ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Patrick Crayton of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
According to multiple reports, disgruntled wide receiver Patrick Crayton will report to Valley Ranch on Tuesday for the final week of organized team activities.
Fred Lyles, the agent representing Crayton, alerted the media via text message.
"Crayton is excited about the 2010 NFL season and accepts any decision[s] made by the Cowboys organization regarding his status with the team," Lyles said, per ESPNDallas.com. "He's looking to compete and we don't want to be a distraction."
Left without an evident role since the team drafted Dez Bryant in the first round of April's draft, Crayton has been actively seeking a trade wih the help of Lyles and indeed the Cowboys. However, no suitors have emerged, leading Crayton to publicly demand a release two weeks ago.
This demand was only a portion of the screed delivered by Crayton on his May 28th appearance on ESPN Radio 103.3's "Ben and Skin Show," however; he also said that he would welcome competition, but that he doubted that there would be any when camp commences in late-July, and suggested that the team was treating him unfairly by keeping him in town as "insurance."
"To me," Crayton said, "you're messing with people's careers and people's lives."
Last Wednesday, Jerry Jones responded to Crayton's demand, saying that the team had no plans to release him. As Matt Barrie points out, the receiver is not required to return until the end of the week.
"OTA's are voluntary and players can't be fined [for absences]," Barrie wrote this morning. "However the Cowboys are set to
start a three-day mandatory minicamp starting Friday."