ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles making the score 24-7 in the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Miles Austin wants a new contract, befitting of a Pro Bowl receiver who, at least to some degree, saved his team's season in 2009. The talks aren't going anywhere fast, hindered by the general feeling of uncertainty as a result of the fact that, in 2010, there will be no salary cap, but Austin remains focused.
In a report today on ESPNDallas.com, Austin said that he is hopeful for a new contract to arrive quickly, but he will continue to work toward becoming better as a player and a part of the Dallas Cowboys--because, ultimately, it's out of his hands.
“Yeah, if that can work out,” Austin said concerning a long-term deal. “And if they set it up, then again, like I said I’m not the one that’s in charge of it, those guys are, obviously I want to be here, but they have to make the effort. If I could sign something right now, I would but they are the ones that have to do that.”
The addition of Dez Bryant has been embraced by Austin, who said of the former Oklahoma State Cowboy, "He's got some serious skills." Of course, these "serious skills" may present some competition for Austin, and he welcomes it, as an essential, standard practice among winning football teams.
“To be honest they can bring in the top receivers in the league, it’s not going to change my work ethic or drive,” Austin said. “My thing is I’m doing my job and that’s all I can focus on. When they bring other people in its awesome hopefully he’s great. I've seen his mini-camp tape, he looks awesome. He looks great. It’s great for the Cowboys and great for me. I’m trying to win a championship, that’s all I’m focused on.”
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