One of the top discussions surrounding the Dallas Cowboys this offseason has been what the team may end up doing with wide receiver Miles Austin. After battling hamstring injuries over the last two seasons, the money Austin was scheduled to make (just under $7 million) in base salary for the 2013 season seemed a bit hefty, but it appears the wideout will take a pay cut to make sure he’s around for the Cowboys next season.
Austin’s numbers from the 2012 season (66 catches for 943 yards and six touchdowns) may not seem that bad on paper, but for a player that recorded 2,361 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns–he certainly hasn’t lived up to the money over the last two seasons. The Cowboys made it clear they wouldn’t be afraid to part ways with Austin if he wasn’t willing to take a pay cut considering how much his hamstring has been an issue over the last two years–so this works out well for both parties.
Obviously, Austin’s health could end up playing a key factor when it comes to how well Dallas performs during the 2013 season considering he gives them the opportunity to have one of the league’s top duos alongside Dez Bryant. While Austin’s hamstring will obviously play a major factor as far as whether or not this happens, but the team has to be pleased with the fact that he was willing to restructure his deal like some of the other members of the team to avoid a possible cut.
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