The Dallas Cowboys will designate wide receiver Miles Austin as a post-June 1 cut, joining DeMarcus Ware as the second longtime Cowboy to be cut by the team in the first 24 hours of free agency, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday evening.
Neither move came out of the blue, but Austin’s release comes as even less of a surprise than Ware’s.
After his breakout season in 2009, in which he had 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, Austin looked destined for long-term stardom. He made the Pro Bowl in that season and in 2010, prompting Jerry Jones to reward him with a six-year, $54 million deal.
Then the injury bug hit.
Austin missed six games due to injury in 2011 and finished with 43 catches, 579 yards and seven touchdowns. He played in all 16 games in 2012 and bounced back to some degree in 2012 (66 catches, 943 yards and seven touchdowns), but regressed once more in 2013 as nagging hamstring injuries returned. He finished last year with just 24 catches, 244 yards and no touchdowns while playing in 11 games.
The move will save the Cowboys $5.5 million against the cap, but they won’t be able to use that money until June 1.
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