Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) runs after a catch against Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Does Dallas Drafting Terrance Willams Make Miles Austin Expendable?

Some fans may see the drafting of Baylor wideout Terrance Williams by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of this years’ NFL Draft as the Front Office’s answer to the third wide receiver vacancy. But with young receiving talent such as Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley, Danny Coale, Anthony Armstrong, Tim Benford, Jared Green and Carlton Mitchell all vying for a place on the active roster, does Williams acquisition open the door to a possible Miles Austin move?

Contract-wise, Austin is tied up until 2017. Back in 2010, he signed a seven-year, $57.168 million contract, with $18 million guaranteed. (Source: Rotoworld)  Earlier this year, Austin restructured his salary that cleared $3 million of much needed cap space for the Cowboys. He is owed over $30 million in the next four years. That salary alone, plus he lack of production due to injury fro the last couple seasons makes a trade almost inconceivable.

After two Pro Bowl seasons, his latter two seasons have been marred with injuries. In 2011, Austin missed six games due to hamstring problems and he posted his lowest numbers since 2008. Last year, Austin played in every game but was far from being 100% healthy as he continued to struggle with his hamstrings. Despite the discomfort, Austin posted numbers almost identical to Baltimore Raven’s star wideout Anquan Boldin, who has now moved on to San Francisco.

Still rumors continue to float around the blogosphere that teams would love to have Austin’s services. But based on his salary and recent injuries, I’m not sure the Cowboys would get anything close to equal value for him. What do you think?

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