Before the 2009 season, Miles Austin was just another name on the Dallas depth chart, a wide receiver with 18 career catches who had to fight for a roster spot. On Thursday, days before the 2010 season, Austin became one of the higher-paid receivers in the league.
The Cowboys rewarded Austin for his breakout season in '09 with a six-year, $57 million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is slightly less per year than the seven-year, $73.5 million deal the Texans awarded Andre Johnson in August.
Austin made the Pro Bowl in 2009, his first season as a starter. He caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season and caught a TD in Dallas' playoff victory over the Eagles, the franchise's first playoff win in 14 years. He enters 2010 as the top target in an offense expected to be among the league's best.
The team and player have been negotiating a new deal all offseason and had been hoping to agree to an extension before the regular season began. Dallas' first game is Sunday night at Washington.
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