I couldn’t say it better than Patrick Crayton, who had this to say when he was told he was dealt to San Diego for a seventh-round pick Friday: "San Diego wins in this situation."
Yes, they do, Patrick.
In a very nice move, the Chargers added a veteran presence at receiver by acquiring Crayton from Dallas. The Chargers will owe Dallas a sixth-round pick if Crayton catches 40 or more passes this season. If that’s the case, San Diego will gladly hand over a sixth rounder.
San Diego took advantage of a salary dump by Dallas. Crayton is not a special player, but he deepens Philip Rivers’ options in San Diego.
It is another indication by the Chargers that they are preparing to move on without holdout receiver Vincent Jackson. He is planning to hold out for the entire season at this point. San Diego has been considering trading Jackson, and could deal him at any time.
Crayton will likely be the No.3 or No. 4 receiver in San Diego. He will compete with Buster Davis for the No. 3 job. Davis has had trouble staying healthy since being a first-round pick in 2007. Crayton gives San Diego a credible veteran who makes big catches in a pinch. Without Jackson, San Diego’s receiving crew was talented, but young. Crayton is a strong addition because of his experience.
The trade for Crayton probably means Josh Reed will not make the team. Signed as veteran insurance in June, Reed hasn’t done much and could be jettisoned in lieu of a younger player. With the addition of Crayton, the chances of San Diego adding a receiver through the waiver wire after Saturday lessens.