In need of an experienced wide receiver, the Dallas Cowboys turned to the Denver Broncos on Thursday evening, but not for Ashley Lelie, the disgruntled veteran in whom it had been speculated coach Bill Parcells might be interested.
Instead, the Cowboys acquired fourth-year veteran Charlie Adams for what league sources told ESPN.com is a sixth-round choice in the 2007 draft.
Adams, 26, has played in 24 games, with two starts, and has 21 receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He has also returned 18 punts for a 9.7-yard average and has 10 kickoff returns for an average of 21.8 yards.
The former Hofstra standout, who was originally signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and spent most of his first two seasons on the Denver practice squad, went to camp vying for the No. 3 wideout spot. But third-year veteran Darius Watts had a strong performance from the outset of camp and appeared to have locked up that job.
With a surplus of young wide receivers, the Broncos were more than willing to deal Adams in exchange for a low-round draft choice.
Parcells had made no pretense of his desire to bolster the wide receiver depth chart and the Cowboys are still exploring other options at the position, even after getting Adams. But the acquisition of Adams, and at a palatable price, for now reduces the urgency to make a trade for another veteran.
Dallas is not anxious to surrender too much to add a wide receiver, and the price for Adams was obviously right.
Patrick Crayton, a third-year veteran and the early favorite to win the No. 3 wideout spot for the Cowboys, has been inconsistent at times in camp. And Crayton is coming off a 2005 seasons in which a right ankle injury that required arthroscopic surgery limited him to just 11 appearances.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here.