Crayton wants trade

Receiver Patrick Crayton has received more attention for not being at workouts this offseason than he has for being a key member of the team since 2004.

Crayton doesn't think it's fair that he is being painted as a disgruntled player.

While he understands the business side of the game, Crayton said he wants a fair opportunity to play. And if the Cowboys aren't willing to give it to him, he'd prefer they release him so he can latch on with another team.

The current impasse stems from the Cowboys putting him on the trading block during the draft after they selected receiver Dez Bryant in the first round, virtually guaranteeing Bryant a top-three receiver spot with Roy Williams and Miles Austin.

It prompted Crayton to ask permission to seek his own trade as well as stay away from the team's offseason program and voluntary OTA practices.

Crayton said the current situation isn't a sign he's afraid to compete. He said he has beaten odds his entire career since being a seventh-round pick out Northwestern Oklahoma State in 2004.

If he believed the "open competition" would truly be open, Crayton said there is no doubt in his mind he would be with the Cowboys next season. But if the decision has been made already to play a rookie over the tenured veteran, Crayton is ready to move on. He believes it's unlikely the Cowboys will keep him and his $2 million salary as the fourth or fifth receiver when final cuts are made after training camp.

If that is the case, Crayton would like the decision to be made now rather than later so he can get his family settled in a new city.

"The uncertainty is tough for me dealing with my wife and my two young boys," Crayton said. "If I'm going to go somewhere, let me go so I can get my family acclimated to a new environment."

Crayton said the ideal resolution for him is "to be somewhere you are wanted."

"I don't know that I'm wanted here," Crayton said. "That's still to be determined. That's tough because all I have known is the star on helmet. It's tough not knowing if the team wants you?or not."

Crayton will be at the mandatory minicamp in June and also training camp, provided he is still on the Cowboys' roster July 24.

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