Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Apr 2010

Crayton, Hurd Want Out Of Dallas

After the Cowboys selected Dez Bryant in the first round of the draft, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have asked the team to trade them, and Crayton has announced that he's skipping all voluntary offseason workouts.

I can see Crayton's point, because he's theoretically being bumped from the third receiver to the fourth (assuming Roy Williams sticks around) when he could contend for a starting job on a team like the Raiders or Rams, but ... Sam Hurd? He of the 31 career catches in four seasons? Shouldn't he be thankful for any job he can get? Is this the worst player ever to request a trade?

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 30 Apr 2010

29 comments, Last at 03 May 2010, 5:51am by Arson55


by Theo :: Fri, 04/30/2010 - 6:29pm

And why, again, do we care?

by Sifter :: Fri, 04/30/2010 - 6:41pm

Cause it's kinda interesting. Why should I care that you don't care about it?

by Brendan Scolari :: Fri, 04/30/2010 - 8:14pm

I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that Theo's point was that there are probably multiple players on every team that want to be traded. Unless someone is actually traded, or we're talking about someone like Payton Manning or Tom Brady demanding a trade, it really isn't newsworthy (especially when sometimes major transactions don't even get XP links). Not that I'm trying to complain, the more discussion the better to me.

by tuluse :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 12:42am

Most players don't publicly asked to be traded, if they do, you can send FO an email and they'll post an extra point.

Also, it's the offseason. What qualifies for news has a low bar.

by Bill Barnwell :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 1:02am

Some thoughts and questions, some more legitimate than others:

- If this article didn't interest you (which is what I gather from your post), why did you click on it? Even further, why did you comment on it?

- Did the commenters unionize and elect you their leader? I want to see the results of that vote.

- As you're undoubtedly aware, this is a very slow time on the NFL calendar. There's virtually no new news; teams are in rookie minicamps, there's little player movement...there's not much going on. We're also working on the book. With that in mind, we could choose to:

a) Link articles and stories that probably wouldn't get linked during the season so that there are new things for people to read and discuss


b) Hold the XP section to the same standards of relevance all year, which would mean we'd link about one article a week from now through June.

I suspect most people would prefer option A.

Finally, as I always mentioned whenever anyone complains about the quality of an XP, I would love it -- really, I would -- if you e-mailed me suggestions for XPs that are relevant and interesting to our readership. Theo, since you're now representing the commenters, I'm going to ask you to do that from here on out. Then, we can all be on the same page and not have any more icky, irrelevant stories clogging up RSS feeds and showing up with the shiny new black text in the XP box instead of the old, busted grey text. You can e-mail me at bill - at - footballoutsiders.com.


by Danny Tuccitto :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 4:16am


I'll go for option (c) just use XPs as free advertisement for Doug's posts at Field Gulls and my posts at Niners Nation. Seems fair enough...and the dearth of NFL News from now until June means that no one would care if you accomodated us.


by Karl Cuba :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 11:17am

There is a spectre haunting FO, the spectre of communism. The united posters' soviet congress will overthrow the bourgeois dictatorship of the Moderators. Only then will the material needs of the posterlatiat be satisfied.

by AlanSP :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 11:43am

"posterlariat" made my day. Thanks for that

by RickD :: Sun, 05/02/2010 - 2:54pm

I didn't read the "who cares?" as a comment about mgmt, but rather a comment about Crayton, who really isn't in a position to "demand" anything.

by Theo :: Sun, 05/02/2010 - 5:19pm

People will write when they don't care. Negative feedback is also feedback.

Yes I will send you an email when I find something worth of an XP. I will keep it in mind when surfing football news.

I like the XP you know, why would a #5 receiver not choose to fight for this place. Camp is coming up. Maybe he thinks he's worthy of a #4 receiver spot. The "why do we care" post of mine is more about the receivers/special teamers wanting a trade after competition arrives after the draft... or maybe he requested the trade because of something else. Correlation is not causation.

And no, I was not elected leader, we gave Raiderjoe the veto and he selected Anonymous (not verified).

by Todd S. :: Sun, 05/02/2010 - 9:44pm


by roguerouge :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 9:05am

Because it's a long, long time until football starts?

by Key19 :: Fri, 04/30/2010 - 7:46pm

Hurd is a special teams ace and I think a pretty solid option as a #3 WR. He hasn't gotten very many opportunities, but I think he could excel somewhere like St. Louis, Detroit, maybe even New England or Miami. He's no burner (in fact, if he could run, the Cowboys would've beaten the Broncos last season... sigh...) but he has very good hands and like I said, he's a special teams ace. I'd take him if I was looking for WR depth.

by Arson55 :: Mon, 05/03/2010 - 5:51am

Key, I agree, but I wonder if anyone but the two of us think this. I bet even most Cowboys fans wouldn't agree with this assessment.

I still remember when I thought of the two undrafted receivers that kept sticking on the Cowboys roster Hurd was the better of the two because at least the guy could run routes and catch. As it turns out you can teach those things.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 04/30/2010 - 9:05pm

Trade to the Raiders for their 2nd and 4th round picks in 2013?

by Signor Sack (not verified) :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 12:04am

I was wondering who one Mr. Crayton Hurd was.

by tunesmith :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 1:43am

that's an awesome name. Sounds like the mean creepy old guy in the haunted house down the street, that later turns out to be a misunderstood lovable uncle sort.

by Haerandir (not verified) :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 3:10pm

Based on the syntax, I was assuming he was some sort of swamp zombie. As in, "Crayton Hurd want out of Dallas! Once he get new contract extension from Dan Snyder, Crayton Hurd gonna SMASH the Superfriends!"

by WeaponX (not verified) :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 6:27pm

Crayton Hurd want pants too! *Luthor facepalms*

by Never Surrender (not verified) :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 9:06am

I think you mean Hurd Crayton?

by TomKelso :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 1:36pm

Nah, Hurd Crayton had a show for ABC in the mid-80's. He was an inexplicably rich, but always in trouble private investigator.

by sam :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 8:00am

Since even first-round WRs rarely make an impact their rookie year (last year had a few exceptions, but generally speaking...) this seems like a really stupid thing to do. Not to mention there are so many hamstring injuries in camp...

Unless they're certain Bryant will be handed the starting job -- but, again, why burn bridges?

sam! or the original sam from the old FO

by DW94 :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 9:38am

If there is any truth to the Justin Smiley/Patrick Crayton swap, that's the way I would go. Dallas really needs OLine depth. They'll need it even more if Robert Brewster takes Kyle Kosier's spot, which is admittedly pretty unknown at this point.

I don't think Sam Hurd would bring anything. Who would trade for a soon to be 25 year old, back up/special teams player (non returner), with maxed out potential, and with no contract for next year?

by Tighthead (not verified) :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 10:11am

Cut Williams. Crayton is a very good #3.

by Joe T. :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 10:45am

Maybe he's got a legitimate point - pending Williams hangs around, Crayton & Hurd are #4 + #5 WRs, which probably makes them the #5 + #7 pass catching targets when you include the TEs Witten + Bennett.

If you only have 31 career catches and are being pushed back to #7, you might want out too. Whether anybody is willing to trade for a mostly untested possession receiver is yet to be seen though.

by Karl Cuba :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 11:18am

I also want a trade, I've been buried on the depth chart for too long!

by Karma Coma :: Sat, 05/01/2010 - 12:43pm

Sweet! I'll start the bidding at a practice squad punter and a sack of nickels. Anyone willing to top that?

"Profit is limit ONLY by your ability to BANG SPORK"

by Chem DrJ (not verified) :: Sun, 05/02/2010 - 7:08pm

maybe Green Bay should trade for him than take that punter deal. Any punter will do.

by Illmatic74 :: Mon, 05/03/2010 - 4:22am

For a story nobody cares about this thread has a lot of comments.