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Austin Given Tender


The Dallas Cowboys had some loose ends to tie up heading into free agency.  The had some restricted free agents that they needed to get coraled into a deal.  The most notable is WR Miles Austin.  Austin came out of nowhere this season to seize the number one receiving spot on the Cowboys roster.  Austin finished the season with 81 catches for 1,320 yards with 11 touchdowns.  Easily leading the Cowboys but finishing 3rd in the NFL is yards.  Jones has said all along that he wants to sign Austin long term but as of yet that has not happened.  Instead the Cowboys handed out restricted tenders to the RFA’s.

Miles Austin received the largest tender at $3.168 million for 2010. Other teams may still offer Austin a contract, but the Cowboys would have one week to match it, and would receive 2010 first- and third-round picks from his new team if they failed to do so.  It is unlikely that a team will make an attempt at the Cowboys receiver.  What is even more unlikely is the Cowboys refusing to match any offer.  Right now, it is a wait and see game.

Other players offered tenders:

DE Marcus Spears (original draft choice tender, $1.226 million)
S Gerald Sensabaugh (second-round tender, $1.809 million)
DE Stephen Bowen (second-round tender, $1.759 million)
DE Jason Hatcher (second-round tender, $1.759 million)
WR Sam Hurd (second-round tender, $1.759 million)
OL Cory Procter (second-round tender, $1.759 million)
OL Pat McQuistan (original draft choice tender, $1.176 million)
DT Junior Siavii (original draft choice tender, $1.176 million)
S Pat Watkins (original draft choice tender, $1.176 million)
C Duke Preston (original draft choice tender, $1.226 million)
CB Cletis Gordon (signed one-year contract extension)

With team owners and the NFL Players Association failing to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement by Thursday afternoon’s deadline, the final year of the current agreement was reached, removing the salary cap for 2010.

In the uncapped season, a player must have six years of NFL service to become eligible for unrestricted free agency. Tendered five-year veterans like defensive end Marcus Spears, safety Gerald Sensabaugh and center Duke Preston would have been unrestricted free agents in previous years, with their original Cowboys contracts expiring.

Now with the Cowboys taking care of their own business we get to sit back and see what happens here in the next few weeks as Free Agency begins today.

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