Miles Austin’s agent, David Dunn, has told reporters that he wants his client signed before the start of the 2010 season.
The Dallas Cowboys already gave Austin a 1st- and 3rd-round tender, which means they could pay him about $3.2 million. With the stellar year Austin just had, his agent believes his man is now worth a long-term deal.
We can only rewind the tapes on the history of Jerry Jones’ life to find the answer: Austin will need to do more than just have one good season. Heck, Antonio Bryant had one good season; a lot of wide receivers had one good season.
Sure, Austin’s achievements went above and beyond expectations, and his numbers were incredible considering he did not start until after the Kansas City Chiefs game, when he had 10 catches for 250 yards. But Tony Romo did the same thing and Jones waited to see him do it again. When Romo did, he got the long-term deal.
It was only last season when Austin almost signed with the New York Jets. The Jets don’t seem interested enough in Austin now to offer him a deal and lose the two draft picks.
As the DMN says, the Cowboys are in no hurry to spend.
We all love the underdog, underrated, undrafted hero story, and Cowboys fans want Austin to be just that: a hero.
But pushing the Cowboys, through his agent, to give him a deal now is risky. Play well in the first four games and then maybe Jerry will pull the check book out.