Will Cowboys Franchise Miles Austin?

One big question going into this next season will be if the Dallas Cowboys make Miles Austin the franchise player, and avoid having to give him a large contract after his one spectacular season.

For the 2010-11 season, the Cowboys are basically in pretty good shape. The only unrestricted free agent is offensive guard Montrae Holland. The Cowboys need a solid back up at the guard position and Holland has played that poorly, but I am not sure the Cowboys sign him.

There are plenty of unrestricted free agents, including Austin. The biggest names are Austin, safety Gerald Sensabaugh, defensive lineman Marcus Spears and offensive lineman Corey Procter.

Sensabaugh was decent, and without anyone on the roster to replace him, the Cowboys don’t want to risk stretching the secondary too thin like it was before in the painful years.  Spears had his best year as a Cowboys, but has he lived up to a long-term deal?

Here is the Cowboys free agent list:

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
WR Miles Austin
S Gerald Sensabaugh
DE Marcus Spears
DE Stephen Bowen
DE Jason Hatcher
WR Sam Hurd
S Pat Watkins
OT Pat McQuistan
C Cory Procter
NT Junior Siavii
CB Cletis Gordon
C Duke Preston
K Shaun Suisham

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENT
CB Alan Ball
LB Steve Octavien

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