In keeping with the team’s tradition of locking up their stars with long term deals, Miles Austin and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms Thursday on a six-year extension that will pay Austin an estimated $57 million and keep the breakout star of 2009 in Dallas through 2016, ESPN reports.
Austin was given the first- and third-round tender this off-season, and was set to earn $3.68 million in 2010. The extension comes as the result of a 2009 season that saw Austin go from a relative unknown no. 3 receiver to a Pro Bowler. He caught 81 passes last season for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"He's going to be around here a long time," said Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones in a conference call announcing the deal.
Austin went undrafted out of Monmouth University in 2006, and made minimal impact in his first three seasons with the team. However, in week five of last season, starting in place of Roy Williams, he emerged with 10 catches, 250 yards (a Cowboys record) and two touchdowns, and hasn’t looked back since.
"It feels great to be wanted by this team," Austin said. "It feels great."
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