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Miles Austin Returns to the Dallas Cowboys

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) cannot catch a pass against Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) in the fourth quarter at AT

Miles Austin has finally returned to practice from his recurring hamstring injury. Miles Austin has had a history of bad hamstrings. Austin has missed 5 games this season because of the injury. Austin first suffered the injury in Dallas’ week 3 blowout victory against the Rams. It was first reported that the injury he suffered in the game wasn’t as serious as his hamstring injuries in the past.

In the games Austin has played, the Monmouth product has gathered 15 catches for 125 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown. Despite the excellent play of Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley; Miles Austin is still missed in Big D. Austin is a terrific route-runner who is able to catch deep balls because he can effectively execute a double-move on a defender.

Before Austin signed a 6-year 54 million dollar contract extension at the end of the 2010 season, he caught 150 passes for 2,361 yards. 38 of those catches were more than 20 yards down the field. In those 2 years, Austin scored 18 touchdowns. He established himself as the #1 receiver in Dallas before Dez Bryant took the honor in 2012.

Right now, Austin’s salary is $540,000. In 2016, his salary jumps to $11,380,000. The Cowboys may have to unload Austin at the end of the season because of the stellar play of Williams, Harris, and Beasley. As of now, Austin is very expendable in Dallas. Despite this, the Cowboys will try to milk every ounce of talent he still has left in him.

If Austin is able to regain his health, the Cowboys will have another dynamic weapon for Tony Romo. With all of the injuries in Dallas, Miles Austin is coming back at the right time. Dallas has a must-win in week 12 versus the New York Giants. In fact, when the Cowboys played the Giants in week one, Austin caught 10 passes for 72 yards with the Giants double-teaming Dez Bryant. Despite what many fans think, Miles Austin is still a valuable commodity and can be a big playmaker and game-changer if he can stay healthy for the remainder of the season.

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  • David Kerr

    You can’t just cut Austin at the end of the season that’s just wasted cap space. Even if you trade him you have to find a team willing to pay that for him. I think Austin stays a Cowboy and takes a pay cut.

  • SmartThinking

    I’ve never been a proponent of trading Austin. He’s too expensive and all we need is to trade him off at fire sale prices and take another hit to the cap. As he is right now, he’ll go on the block at a scratched or broken price because of his recurring injuries. Best place for Austin is to remain in Dallas and contribute. If he takes a salary cut, fine. If he doesn’t then play him, let him score and quietly shop him, maybe in combination with someone else or some draft choices to alleviate the big up front cost of his contract.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Totally agree with the below posts. Austin is here to stay. We can’t afford the salary cap hit. Another screwed up contract by JJ. I disagree with the story. Austin is not the Dallas deep threat anymore. He is an underneath slot player. Leave the deep routes to Dez and TWill. Beyond the injury issue, Miles has too many drops and as the picture above shows, he no longer positons himself to make the catch. I don’t believe that he is much better than Beasley or Harris. But whoever is playing WR MUST catch the ball in order to draw attention away from Dez.