Defensive end DeMarcus Ware wasn’t the only longtime member of the Cowboys to part ways with the franchise on Tuesday.
Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports that wide receiver Miles Austin will also be dropped from the roster. The move will save the Cowboys $5.5 million under the salary cap, but those savings will not come into effect until after June 1 because Austin has been designated as a post-June 1 cut.
Austin’s departure has been expected for some time as he has found it difficult to remain healthy enough to stay on the field because of hamstring injuries. His production hit a new low in 2013 with just 24 catches and 244 yards in 11 games despite the presence of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten to keep defenses from keying on Austin.
Terrence Williams filled some of the void left by Austin with 44 catches for 736 yards in his rookie season. He’s likely to move up to the No. 2 receiver spot unless the Cowboys make an unexpected addition to the top end of the receiving corps.
Austin turns 30 in three months and he’s probably going to have to take something at or near the veteran’s minimum for the 2014 season to show that he’s still capable of both being productive and staying on the field.