Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Miles Austin on the Chopping Block
All reports coming out of Valley Ranch indicate that wide receiver Miles Austin’s time with the Dallas Cowboys has run out.
It appears that Austin won’t even get a chance to take a pay cut, and that the Cowboys will, in fact, release the veteran wide receiver as a post-June 1 cut.
The news is not surprising because Austin has failed to live up to the massive 7-year, $54.1 million contract that the Cowboys gave him following his breakout 2009 campaign, where he recorded 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Since then Austin, who will turn 30 before the start of the 2014 season, has averaged 50.5 catches for 701.75 yards and 5 touchdowns per season. 2013 being his lowest offensive output since becoming a full-time starter with 24 catches for 244 yards, and zero touchdowns.
At this point, and with rookie receiver Terrance Williams supplanting Austin as the team’s No. 2 option behind Dez Bryant, the Cowboys cannot afford Austin’s $8.249 salary cap hit. By designating Austin as a post-June 1 cut the Cowboys stand to save $5.5 million on an oft-injured receiver that never really fulfilled his potential.
Come to think about it, Austin’s highest achievement in Dallas was hooking up with Kim Kardashian; maybe that’s when it all went wrong.
It has also been rumored that the Cowboys are interested in acquiring free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem formerly of the New Orleans Saints.
In 2013, Meachem had 16 catches for 324 yards, and two touchdowns. If the Cowboys do, in fact, add Meachem it will likely be on a one-year deal, and he would enter camp no better than the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart.