Jones: Cowboys won't cut Austin

February, 23, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- According to Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, wide receiver Miles Austin will be with the team in 2013.

Because the Cowboys are in a salary-cap crunch and Austin has been slowed the past two years by hamstring injuries, there had been speculation about the receiver's future with the team. Jones, though, said Austin won't be a cap casualty.

The Cowboys could look to restructure Austin's contract for the second time to gain salary-cap space. Dallas is close to $20 million over the cap and could gain roughly $4 million in room by lowering Austin's $6.73 million base salary to $1.34 million and turning the difference into a signing bonus.

"When you look at the risk of him coming back and having a season that is less impaired by injury, that's much higher odds than us getting a free agent or drafting a rookie out there who can do what he can do," Jones said.

For the full report from ESPNDallas.com, click here.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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