Whenever you hear a professional football player say something like, “I just want to play and help the team win.”, what they’re really saying is, “I just want to play so I can make more money”.
It’s no secret that in football, the more snaps you participate in, the better your chances are for earning more riches.
Immediately after the selection of Dez Bryant on Thursday night, most of the reactions from our current crop of receivers were very cordial and supportive.
However, I wasn’t all that convinced, and in fact in a previous post I poised the question,
“What are they really thinking?”
The answers started trickling in less than 24 hours later…
According to several reports, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have asked to be traded. Additionally, Jerry Jones was quick to react and didn’t seem all too shook up about it.
“Both of those receivers I have such respect for,” Jones said. “And I know what they’ve given to our team and what they may give to the team in the future. I respect their sensitivity and I understand that. We all, I think, should understand when Dez Bryant enters the scene that that’s competition.”
You can be sure that niether of them will be back.
We might be able to get a future 3rd or 4th round pick for Crayton (if we’re lucky), but Hurd?
Sorry Sam… But like I said yesterday, you’re only sixth on the depth chart right now (if that), and you’ll probably just get released.
If you had made the right comments and said the rights things, you may have been able to stick around somehow and earn a paycheck, but now you’re looking at the prospect of trying to beat out a field of 10-12 other wide receivers trying to make another team, and that’s only if another team gives you that opportunity.
If we lose Crayton, I’ll be honest, I’ll miss him. But I also don’t hold it against him for trying to find an opportunity to be a number two receiver somewhere else.
But Patrick my friend, you have no control over where the Cowboys trade you. You have no veto power. You may very well end up in a situation where you get even less playing time. Or worse yet, end up with a perennial loser like the Detroit Lions, with no chance to make the post season.
Well. whatever happens I wish both of you luck.