Jack Crawford’s return to London to get a work visa proved costly. Crawford shyly revealed he spent around $4,000 for last-minute flights to and from his native country.
The defensive lineman, though, had no choice.
“It is what it is, but there’s no way around it,” Crawford said.
Crawford spent a week clearing up the red tape, returning back to DFW last Friday after missing the Cowboys’ first week of organized team activities.
Crawford re-signed with the Cowboys in April, agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with $500,000 available in incentives.
“Once you sign a contract, then that makes you eligible to petition for a visa,” Crawford said. “Once you get your paperwork back, you can start the process. Once I got my paperwork back, I was able to schedule an interview, and that interview wasn’t until this particular time. It worked out for me – probably as quick as I could do it. But it’s just very inconvenient time of year for me, because OTAs are starting. I didn’t want to miss OTAs, and now I feel like I’m behind trying to catch up. But it was alright. Everything worked out and went smoothly.”
Crawford, who moved to New Jersey as a teenager and played collegiately at Penn State, has lived in the U.S. for 11 years. So he is accustomed to the drill.
He hopes to obtain a green card.
“I don’t want to go through the same process, so I’m trying to apply for a green card,” said Crawford, entering his fifth NFL season, “but it’s a little bit longer process.”
Crawford was an unsung member of the defensive line last season, filling in at both end and tackle. He made 18 tackles, four sacks and 10 quarterback pressures.
Crawford considered other teams in free agency but decided to return for a chance at more playing time with Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence serving four-game suspensions to start the season.
“It just kind of came down to the money and the system I’d go into,” Crawford said. “In the end, I visited a couple of teams, but I felt like this was the best position for me.”