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By PFW staff

The Cowboys tendered breakout WR Miles Austin at the highest level Thursday, meaning that any team that wanted to sign him to an offer sheet would have to give up first- and third-round draft choices if Dallas opted not to match the offer.

DE Marcus Spears, a first-round pick in 2005, was tendered at the original-draft-choice level, but the Cowboys would receive only a second-rounder if they chose not to match an offer he received.

Given second-round tenders by Dallas were S Gerald Sensabaugh, DEs Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher, WR Sam Hurd and OL Cory Procter.

Offered original-draft-choice tenders, besides Spears, were OL Pat McQuistan (seventh round), DT Junior Siavii (second), S Pat Watkins (fifth) and C Duke Preston (fourth).

Dallas didn't make an offer to RFA PK Shaun Suisham, who struggled after replacing Nick Folk. CB Cletis Gordon also wasn't offered an RFA tender, but he opted to sign a contract for the league minimum.

The Cowboys took no action on OG Montrae Holland, who was their only unrestricted free agent. They will give Denver a fifth-round pick in the April draft as a result of a 2008 preseason deal.


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