Should the Dallas Cowboys Cut Miles Austin?

By Dan Parzych
(Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

For a team in need of adjustments to get under the salary cap, one of the hottest topics with the Dallas Cowboys lately has been whether or not they should cut ties with wide receiver Miles Austin. Jerry Jones claims the move will never happen, it’s certainly an interesting possibility for the team to think about considering his history of injuries.

It’s no secret that Austin has experienced his fair-share of hamstring injuries over the last couple of seasons and the last thing the Cowboys want to see happen is have him deal with it again in 2013. The fact that Austin has failed to break the 1,000-yard receiving mark over the last two seasons is a reason for concern with Dallas and they have every reason in the world to consider discussing a restructured deal.

As of now, Austin is scheduled to make just under $7 million in base salary for the 2013 season and restructuring a deal would help the team with their hefty salary cap situation. If anything, Austin should be willing to take the cut and prove that his history of injuries won’t be an issue for Dallas heading into 2013.

When Austin is healthy, he’s proven to be one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the game as his blazing speed can make it difficult for any opponent to defend. Still, it’s no surprise to see the Cowboys concerned over their wide receiver and the last thing they want to do is overpay him for the 2013 season–so a possible cut may not be so crazy after all.


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