Crayton in Dallas for insurance?

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

For a rookie who has yet to play a game, Dez Bryant sure does stir things up.

First it was the story about how Miami management, in their pre-draft interview with Bryant, asked him point-blank if his mother were a prostitute.

Now Bryant’s play in Dallas has Patrick Crayton demanding a trade so he can catch on with a team that actually wants him.

Crayton is convinced, perhaps not erroneously, that the only reason the Dallas Cowboys are keeping him around, is for insurance should one of Miles Austin, Roy Williams, or Bryant either fail to meet expectations, come up lame, or fail to continue to produce.

Crayton’s plea, and it’s a legitimate one, is if he’s only being kept around as Plan D, give him his release so he can catch on with someone else before all the teams have their rosters pretty much set.

Crayton has a wife and kids and suspects the $2-million he is scheduled to make this year will be cut back drastically if his only role is ‘In case.’

FINNS LOOKING FINE

The Buffalo Bills open the 2010 NFL season hosting their division rival Miami Dolphins, and all indications are they should be ready for a heavy dose of Ronnie Brown.

Brown who suffered a Lisfranc fracture (broken bones on the top of the foot where toes connect to the main body of the foot) missed the final seven games of the season last year and so far has spent the bulk of his off-season recovering from the surgery on the foot.

Brown is already doing light drills although he was kept out of participating in the Dolphins first voluntary workouts.

“I think I’m a little ahead,” Brown told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The foot feels pretty good. It’s real exciting.”

Brown said he fully expects to be 100% by the time the Dolphins open training camp in early August. He scored eight touchdowns in nine games last year and as the biggest weapon in the Dolphins Wildcat offence, he’ll be a welcome site in shoulder pads for Fish fans everywhere on Sept. 12 in Buffalo.

At the Half

We often view Twitter as a huge ego tool, but it dawned on us this morning that it does have a more endearing quality to it. What Twitter can do is humanize some of the bigger sports personalities out there. Case in point was Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez who tweeted this on Thursday. “Long day but SO glad to be home!! We took off and the right engine went out. Had to make an emergency landing. Its a good day to be alive.” ... You knew it was just a matter of time, but even this is quick. Most NFL teams have barely finished their first week of OTA’s and already two of the three biggest QB’s in the draft have leap-frogged some of their competition. In Denver Tim Tebow is now No. 3 on the depth chart behind Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. He left Tom Brandstater, who has a full year on Tebow, in his dust. In Carolina Jimmy Clausen is up to No. 2 on the depth chart moving past Hunter Cantwell.

Fourth and Inches

Don’t be surprised to hear the New Orleans Saints are backing away from an earlier pledge to get Pierre Thomas signed long term. The Saints running back apparently considers himself (or at least his agent does) the equivalent of Steven Jackson in St. Louis and is looking for a deal in the same range. That would be roughly $9.5-million a season. Thomas’ best season in the three he has played is 793 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson has been over 1,000 yards in each of the past five seasons and has a career season high of 13 touchdowns ... The Seattle Seahawks got a little trigger happy on Friday posting a release they weren’t quite ready to post on the team website which announced the release of recently acquired running back LenDale White. According to the Seattle Times the release was taken down from the website but the move was made permanent soon after. “It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks,” Seahawks G.M. John Schneider said in the team’s statement. “It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future.”


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