Wide Receiver Miles Austin, a restricted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys has been offered a longer term deal following his spectacular 11 game run as a starter, form which has earned him a place at the Pro Bowl.
Dallas had the chance to start negotiations with Austin earlier in the year but seemed preoccupied with getting DeMarcus Ware signed up to his six-year deal. Around this time Miles Austin was still an afterthought despite the fact he had just set an NFL record with 421 receiving yards in his first two starts including a franchise record 250 receiving yards on 10 catches against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He has certainly added a nought or two to his contract value since then finishing the season with 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns averaging 16.3 yards per catch.
Given that the Cowboys gave Roy Williams a five-year, $45 million deal last year the negotiations should be interesting.
The difficult question will be is he a one season wonder? Jerry Jones will be keen not to repeat the mistake of the Roy Williams deal, which doesn’t look like delivering value to me given his lacklustre showing so far.
If The Cowboys don’t come up with the cash I am sure there will be plenty of teams waiting in the wings who will take the chance- Austin at The Ravens anyone?