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Cowboys could release Miles Austin

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11:20 AM ET 02.23 | An interesting note surfaced on Saturday morning regarding the future of wide receiver Miles Austin in Dallas. With free agency looming and the Cowboys needing to get under the salary cap, Austin could be one of the bigger name cap casualties heading into free agency. Austin was once a real threat for the Cowboys, but with his recent injuries, loss of explosion and the emergence of Dez Bryant, the team could find it easy to cut ties with the veteran receiver. Not only has Austin declined as a player, but the decision to release Austin would save the team around $5 million in cap space. Austin is signed through the 2016 season and his salary is set to make a major leap. In 2013, he is set to make $6.732 million, then the salary takes a dip in 2014 to $5.5 million. In 2015, the salary jumps again to $6.888 million, before an $11.38 million figure in 2016.

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February 23, 2013  08:53 PM ET

If Austin gets released someone should beat some sense into JJ.

February 23, 2013  09:21 PM ET

If Romo's contract isn't done by next week, I can almost guarantee Austin is gone.

February 23, 2013  09:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If Romo's contract isn't done by next week, I can almost guarantee Austin is gone.

Trade Romo and sign Alex Smith. IMO Alex Smith will manage the talent around him better and smarter than Romo.

February 23, 2013  10:21 PM ET

i like austin but he is always hurt it seems..however who do they replace him with?

February 23, 2013  10:44 PM ET

Chalres Manson could get released too but he won't be. Dumb story.

February 23, 2013  11:32 PM ET

What difference does it make? Austin is always injured, even when he's actually playing.

I love the Cowboys and I was enchanted by Austin's freakish talent in 2012, when he put up over 1,300 receiving yards and 11 TD's in only nine starts.

But since then it's been nothing but missed games or more commonly, games played but while injured, which more or less neutralizes almost all of Austin's skill set.

I love his game and I hope he can someday stay healthy, but if the Cowboys cut him today I would understand completely.

February 23, 2013  11:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

i like austin but he is always hurt it seems..however who do they replace him with?

Cordarelle Patterson or DeAndre Hopkins.

February 23, 2013  11:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Austin gets released someone should beat some sense into JJ.

Personally I'd love to see JJ cut some of Dallas' dead weight (Doug Free, Miles Austin) and let some of their FA's (Anthony Spencer, Eric Frampton, Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins) leave, and instead focus on some quality FA offensive linemen like the probably too expensive Ryan Clady or Brandon Albert, or maybe Andre Smith or maybe even Jake Long, who potentially might be had for a lesser than expected price tag considering his 2012 campaign.

February 23, 2013  11:43 PM ET
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What difference does it make? Austin is always injured, even when he's actually playing.I love the Cowboys and I was enchanted by Austin's freakish talent in 2012, when he put up over 1,300 receiving yards and 11 TD's in only nine starts.But since then it's been nothing but missed games or more commonly, games played but while injured, which more or less neutralizes almost all of Austin's skill set.I love his game and I hope he can someday stay healthy, but if the Cowboys cut him today I would understand completely.

2009*

And I agree with you. On a "per start" level Austin was the best receiver in the league that year.

February 24, 2013  12:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Personally I'd love to see JJ cut some of Dallas' dead weight (Doug Free, Miles Austin) and let some of their FA's (Anthony Spencer, Eric Frampton, Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins) leave, and instead focus on some quality FA offensive linemen like the probably too expensive Ryan Clady or Brandon Albert, or maybe Andre Smith or maybe even Jake Long, who potentially might be had for a lesser than expected price tag considering his 2012 campaign.

Or even try to snag Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper in the draft.

February 24, 2013  12:07 AM ET
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2009*And I agree with you. On a "per start" level Austin was the best receiver in the league that year.

Good catch; Austin was nothing close to those numbers in 2012.

But yeah, he was brilliant in '09. I truly thought he was about to be the NFL's second best wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson. His combination of size, speed and strength was completely off the charts.

February 24, 2013  12:34 AM ET
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Good catch; Austin was nothing close to those numbers in 2012.But yeah, he was brilliant in '09. I truly thought he was about to be the NFL's second best wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson. His combination of size, speed and strength was completely off the charts.

At that time I was thinking of him as the next Terrell Owens (sans attitude).

The broadcasters were always keen on zooming in on his thighs to show how much stronger his leg muscles were than other receivers.

Which was creepy. But it was / is a valid point. The guy has running power like a tailback, making him a force to be reckoned with after the catch. Really amazes me how easily he settled back into the realm of "slightly above average".

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February 24, 2013  01:37 AM ET
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Trade Romo and sign Alex Smith. IMO Alex Smith will manage the talent around him better and smarter than Romo.

Haha, are you kidding?!? With Dallas' lack of an Oline Smith would be decapitated within week 2.

February 24, 2013  01:40 AM ET

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February 24, 2013  07:55 AM ET
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February 24, 2013  06:07 PM ET
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Do you always make your **** sessions public knowledge?

Classic case of TMI, my man.

 
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