Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News reported today that the team has given Austin the most valuable tender available, worth $3.168 million and carrying first- and third-round compensatory picks should another team sign the breakout star of the 2009 season.
Jerry and Stephen Jones have each expressed a wish to work out a long-term deal with the Monmouth product; however, with the currently muddled labor situation--the long-term ramifications of which are unknown--this is an unusually difficult undertaking. At any rate, the team will likely continue working toward a substantial extension for Austin.
Austin, who started the season as the no. 3 receiver on the depth chart, won a Pro Bowl nod in 2009 after posting 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Dallas also tendered wide receiver Sam Hurd, offensive lineman Cory Procter and defensive end Stephen Bowen on Thursday; each received the second round tender, worth $1.759 million if they make the team out of training camp.