Miles Austin is still in the Cowboys’ plans, Jerry Jones says

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Despite speculation that wide receiver Miles Austin’s contract may be too expensive for Dallas to keep him, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Austin will stay with his team.

I think Miles is certainly very much in our plans,” Jones said.

Jones also allowed, however, that Austin might be asked to take a pay cut. Austin has a base salary of $6.73 million and a cap number of $8.32 million this year, and the Cowboys aren’t in great cap shape.

Austin signed a six-year, $54 million extension at the start of the 2010 season, when he was coming off a breakout year in which he had 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. But Austin hasn’t reached any of those statistical milestones in any season since then, and it now looks like Jones was too generous when he inked Austin to that contract.

The question, then, is what happens if Austin refuses to take a pay cut. Given his contract and the Cowboys’ need for cap space, it’s possible that he won’t be in the Cowboys’ plans much longer.