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Dallas Cowboys expected to release Miles Austin

Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) warms up prior to the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It appears Miles Austin‘s seven year run with the Dallas Cowboys may be nearing an end.

According to ESPN Dallas, Austin is expected to be released by the Cowboys after June 1, which will free up much needed cap space:

Wide receiver Miles Austin figures to be a June 1 casualty, which will open up $5.5 million in space, but would carry more than $5 million in dead money in 2015. Most of that money will be used to sign the draft picks.

The Cowboys don’t stand to save much by letting Austin go as of the current moment, so it’s expected he’ll remain on the roster until the Summer.

Austin, who has spent his entire career with the Cowboys despite not being drafted has dealt with a multitude of hamstring injuries the last few seasons and with the emergence of Terrance Williams, it appears Austin is no longer needed – at least not at such an expensive rate.

The 29-year-old played in just 11 games this past season, catching 24 balls in the process.

Austin has not had a 1,000 yard season since 2010.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Miles Austin

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  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    All hail Caesar.

  • Scott Aldridge

    1 down ware to go!!!! Do not sign spencer or hatcher, restructure romo, Carr and few others and get some d line help

    • ctcowboy1968

      I agree with the above. But Ware is a completely different situation then Austin. Ware’s contract is only for the next 2 years. Austin’s is for the next 5 years. Austin plays a position that is not a need. Ware plays a position that is of great need.
      Romo will not be restructured as his deal was just done last year. Very unlikely.
      Again, I agree with your statement.

  • SmartThinking

    This makes no sense. Why announce, six months early, that Austin will be released when he may have trade value with another team? If Austin catches on with another team, Oakland, Jacksonville, etc., then Dallas could pick up a draft choice plus all or some of his enormous salary might be diverted as well. Now, all teams have to do is wait.

    • ctcowboy1968

      No one is going to trade for Miles for the simple facts that his contract is ridicously expensive and his injury history. He does not warrant a draft pick. Besides everyone has been talking about this situation for at least a year now, so the other teams are expecting it.

      • SmartThinking

        Disagree. Every year, the closer teams get to OTA’s and training camp, the more often they go to their wish lists for players that are injured or that have specialties they don’t have on their team.

        Besides. What’s the rush to put him on the block? If everyone knows he’s for sale, as you suggest, then there’s no harm done in keeping him around for as long as possible … just in case.

  • JTracker

    Hate to see him go but we need a player to play not warm up the sideline.

  • ctcowboy1968

    It makes no financial sense to keep Austin. Save the $5.5 million on the cap this year. Eat the $5 million of dead money in 2015 just to be done with him. Can’t be loyal to non-performers.
    Really liked Miles in his day, but his injury history is a strong indicator of the future. It extremely unlikely that his hammies will change going forward.

  • Juanito Juanito

    hatcher could give two more good seasons, he is good in 4-3, and cutting or trade ware could fix some things and have money to sign hatcher the leader

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