Dallas Cowboys trade Patrick Crayton to San Diego Chargers

The former Northwestern Oklahoma State receiver was stuck behind former Oklahoma State star Dez Bryant.
By The Associated Press Modified: September 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm •  Published: September 3, 2010

> Crayton skipped offseason workouts because he was upset about Bryant's arrival. Once he showed up, there were never any problems. He just couldn't get ahead of Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Bryant on the depth chart, and the Cowboys felt Kevin Ogletree was ready to take on a larger role in his second season.

“I think he's proven he deserves an opportunity,” Jones said.

Dallas also has Sam Hurd, a fifth-year receiver and special teams standout. His roster spot could be in jeopardy, too, because he has a $1.8 million contract.

Crayton was among the team's most sure-handed receivers, catching 196 passes for 2,888 yards and 23 touchdowns in 82 games, including 33 starts. However, fans will never forget that he dropped a likely touchdown pass late in a humiliating playoff loss to the New York Giants in 2007.

Also Friday, Dallas traded offensive lineman Pat McQuistan to the Miami Dolphins for future considerations.

McQuistan was drafted by the Cowboys when Miami executives Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland were here and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano was his position coach for two seasons. He played 40 games, but never started.

The acquisition of McQuistan gives the Dolphins more depth in the offensive line. Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long hurt his left knee during Thursday's game at Dallas.

Long left the game but walked afterward without a limp and said he was fine.

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