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Patrick Crayton Will Participate In This Week's OTAs

After requesting to be released last month, Cowboys' wide receiver Patrick Crayton has decided he'll now participate in the Cowboys' "organized team activities."

In a text message to ESPN (I love text message quotes), Crayton's agent Fred Lyles said the following:

"Crayton is excited about the 2010 NFL season and accepts any decision[s] made by the Cowboys organization regarding his status with the team.  He's looking to compete and we don't want to be a distraction."

Crayton had previously been displeased with the Cowboys drafting another wide receiver, Dez Bryant, in the first round.

Apparently Crayton had decided that he wouldn't be given a fair chance to compete, would be relegated to a fourth or fifth option, and then would be deemed to cost too much and thus eventually be released.

"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," Crayton said on the radio show. "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."

It's currently unclear what made him change his mind.

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