Dallas Cowboy Wide Receiver Patrick Crayton Wants To Be Released

May 31st, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Patrick Crayton has put in a formal request to be released from the team after believing that he will not be on the roster come the beginning of the season.

Crayton has been an active member in the voluntary workouts with the team this off season but has expressed through his agent wanting to join a new team soon.

“The thing is, you want to be wanted,” Crayton said in an interview with ESPN radio. “So in order to be wanted and felt wanted … why would you go to a place that you’re not feeling that way? I’m not sure if I’m wanted or not wanted.”

The Cowboys drafted wide receiver Dez Bryant in the first round of this year’s NFL draft, and now possess a tandem of wide receivers that Crayton believes will keep him out of the playing field.

“When inquired about a release, the Cowboys declined to grant such a request at the time,” said Crayton’s agent Fred Lyles. “However, the situation may change. The Cowboys would prefer a trade.”

Crayton has been looking for a contract of at least $2 million, and does not believe that he and Dallas will come to an agreement.

“For those guys to develop, they have to be on the field,” Crayton said in the interview. “For them to be on the field, I’m not going to be on it, so I would love them to not dangle me around and everything because I have a family to think about.”

“If I’m going to be with another team, I need to get used to another city, another franchise, a new coach, a new quarterback, a new coordinator, everything. Just a whole new environment. My wife and kids got to get settled in, got to get in schools and everything. I would love to have the opportunity to compete with another team versus come here and come here for a numbers thing where they’re like, ‘Oh, we’re not going to pay you that to be our fourth or fifth guy,’ or whatever the situation is and you kept me the whole training camp because you need camp bodies.”

“To me, you’re messing with people’s careers and people’s lives.”

Team owner Jerry Jones has been on record expressing his intentions to try and keep Crayton as an active member on the playing field.

“I don’t have any issue with how he’s doing,” Jones said earlier this month. “He’s one of the hardest workers we’ve got. Things have a way of working out. I’m not for sure where it will end up here, but it has a way of working out.”

The Cowboys recent additions and team core have made them among the betting favorites to win Super Bowl XLV on USA Online Sportsbooks.

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