Jones: No guarantee release won't come

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jerry Jones made it clear Wednesday the Dallas Cowboys have no plans to grant wide receiver Patrick Crayton's request to be released.

At least not right now.

Jones said Wednesday he hasn't considered cutting Crayton, who would rather be given a chance to catch on with another team now than just before the season begins. However, Jones offered no guarantee Crayton's fear of being cut after training camp wouldn't come true.

"We've got a lot of good receivers out here," Jones said after the Cowboys' OTA practice at Cowboys Stadium. "Patrick is a good receiver. You see where the numbers are. You know that ultimately all of that has to come into consideration from the team's standpoint."

Crayton, who doubts that the Cowboys will be willing to pay his $2 million salary to serve as the team's No. 4 receiver, privately requested to be released weeks ago via agent Fred Lyles. He went public with his request on ESPN 103.3's Ben and Skin Show last week.

"To me, you're messing with people's careers and people's lives," Crayton said, referring to the possibility of being used as insurance until getting cut after training camp.

Crayton continued his absence from the team's organized team activities Wednesday. He has not participated in the team's voluntary workouts since the Cowboys traded up to draft receiver Dez Bryant in the first round. Crayton said during his radio appearance that he would report to Valley Ranch for the mandatory minicamp from June 12-14.

Jones was generally complimentary of Crayton, saying the receiver "has done everything we asked him to do" to become a productive NFL player. However, Jones firmly pointed out that he's operating within the bounds of the four-year, $14 million contract Crayton signed in December 2007, a deal that has already paid Crayton $8.5 million.

"There's nothing to be confused about," Jones said. "Patrick is under contract, and this is a voluntary workout. When we have mandatory workouts, he'd probably be the first one in line to be here. That's the way that it is. There really is no confusion here.

"You can chart down our roster and start going over what-ifs. Nothing would be gained from the Cowboys to go over many what-ifs all the way down our roster."

Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.