The Dallas Cowboys made big headlines on the first day of free agency with the release of longtime defensive end DeMarcus Ware. The team continued to create some cap room by announcing that wide receiver Miles Austin will be released as well. Austin will be a post-June 1 cut.
Austin spent eight years in Dallas, hauling in 301 passes for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns. The 2009 season was his best as he caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 scores. Last season, Austin caught only 24 passes for 244 yards and zero touchdowns. The Cowboys brought Austin back in 2013, which, looking back, was probably a mistake. Austin played in just 11 games while dealing with hamstring issues.
Unless the Cowboys reach out to an available wide receiver, Dez Bryant will be playing alongside upcoming sophomore receiver Terrance Williams. Williams showed great promise in 2013, finishing as the 40th-best fantasy wide receiver. Williams caught 44 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns. His big game came in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. He caught four passes for 151 yards and a score.
Williams will be a breakout star with the play-calling of new Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan. Experts state that Linehan is very pass-happy with his offensive schemes.
Entering the 2014 season, Williams will be Tony Romo‘s No. 3 option, behind Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. He is currently ranked on the low-end of the top 40 wide receivers. He will make a good, high-end WR4 in standard leagues, WR3 in bigger leagues.
If you end up with Williams on your team, expect upwards of 50 catches, 800 yards and six touchdowns.