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Cowboys make statement with Austin contract

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By Eric Edholm

When contract talks appeared to have stalled over the summer between WR Miles Austin and the Cowboys, some were wondering if a deal would be struck by the start of the regular season. But that drama came to an end when they agreed to a six-year extension that will pay Austin as one of the top receivers in the game. The move carries some risk: Austin has proven himself for only one season, in which he started 12 games. But the Cowboys are confident that he is a player with a higher ceiling. They also feel that the combination of Austin and Dez Bryant will be among the better duos in the game in a very short time. Clearly, Roy Williams' time in Dallas likely won't last very long, perhaps only through this season, or only as long as it takes for Bryant to assume the starting role. But Austin remains the No. 1 option for the Cowboys, who are blessed with some premier receivers.


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