- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Fred Lyles, Patrick Crayton's agent, said his client will attend organized team activities starting on Tuesday.
Crayton had requested a trade and later to be released by the Cowboys after they drafted Dez Bryant in the first round. Lyles and Crayton were upset about the situation and felt it was not about the receiver competiting, but more about giving him an opportunity to get a fair chance to win one of the wide receiver jobs.
Tony Romo said he's happy to have Crayton, one of the more trusted veterans on this team, back at Valley Ranch and plans on speaking with him Tuesday.
"I'll talk to Patrick," Romo said after playing 21 holes of golf in failing to qualify for the U.S. Open. "Patrick has been around a long time, he knows the game and he knows the business side of things and he knows the competitive side of things. He knows he has to come in and perform and do good things and that’s how these guys win positions on the field. It's all part of going out there and Patrick knows that. He's a competitor, it will be good to have him out there."
Romo said he will tease Crayton about missing so much time on the practice field -- it was nearly two weeks -- but Crayton said all along he would attend this weekend's mandatory minicamp.
This week, by the way, is the last time the Cowboys will gather together as a group before training camp.