Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) cannot catch a pass while defended by New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Cut Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware; No Sign of Signings

On the day where many teams start adding free agent players to their rosters, the Dallas Cowboys did the exact opposite. They cut two of them. On Tuesday, the NFL Free Agency period officially began. And the Cowboys participated by cutting All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware and veteran wide receiver Miles Austin from the team.

Ware, a nine-year veteran, is coming off the worst statical year of his career. The Cowboys all-time leader in sacks was asked to take a pay cut as he was scheduled to make $26 million in the next two years. The soon-to-be 32 year old refused and opted for free agency. At last count, six playoff teams had inquired about Ware’s services. By releasing him, Dallas now has an addition $7.4 million in available salary cap room. They started the day being an estimated $1.1 million over the cap, with almost no room to sign free agents.

And in news everyone expected, Dallas have officially designated veteran wide out Miles Austin as a June 1st cut. This means Dallas has essentially released the eight-year veteran. But the team’s salary cap will not be affected until June 2nd. The Cowboys are expected to use the $5.5 million of cap space to sign their rookies post-the NFL Draft in May.

Austin was an undrafted rookie free agent out of little known Monmouth in 2006. He spent his first three seasons in Dallas just trying to break into the starting rotation. Miles’ production exploded in 2009, following the release of Terrell Owens, when he recorded 83 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. But Austin was never the same player after signing a seven-year, $57.168 million contract extension in late 2010. His inconsistent play and numerous hamstring injuries have had Cowboys fans begging for his release for years.

As for Dallas’ signing of free agents, there has been little to no news. On Monday, there was a rumor that the Cowboys were interested in Denver Broncos’ linebacker Wesley Woodyard. Now, with the release of Ware, there are rumors about the teams’ possible interest in his teammate, defensive end Robert Ayers, as well.  And, of course, there are those rumblings around Valley Ranch about defensive tackle Henry Melton from the Chicago Bears, but that’s hardly new news. It appears Dallas is taking a more patient approach this offseason, as they haven’t had the best of luck with free agent signings the past couple years.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware Free Agency Miles Austin

  • JerryJonesSux

    Hey, Jerry Know Nothing! Can you please, cut/release yourself?

    • airwolfe

      Jerry Jones is doing to Dallas what Al Davis did to the Raiders and what Obama is doing to the country.

      • will hall

        Don’t bring politics into a football forum, there is a time and place for everything, and this ain’t it.

        • JerryJonesSux

          Will hall, you one of Jerry’s Kids?

      • JerryJonesSux

        I agree!

    • will hall

      So Jerry should have kept a player who pulls an A.I. (not practice), has had surgery the past two off sessions, missed three games, only six sacs, and on top of everything pay him 12 mil. this year. YOU ARE DUMB AS F*#k, D Ware should have taken a pay cut, and earned his money through incentives. I really don’t like discussing football with bandwagon fans.

      • JerryJonesSux

        Earned his money? He just happened to be the best defensive player the Cowboys have had since he was drafted! One bad year and you want to throw him aside? Who the hell do the Cowboys have to replace him? WHO!? ABSOLUTELY NOBODY! So you and Jerry can go phuck yourselves! I guess with Jerry’s ability to draft wisely, the Cowboys should have no problems in the foreseeable future. Go Jerry!!

        • will hall

          Lol, you are funny, So when Jerry drafted Ware, T.Smith, Bryant, Witten, Fredricks, Lee, Murry, ect. All bad draft picks right, you when some you lose some. Every pick won’t be an all pro, but Jerry has been doing better. Also D. Ware was the best defensive player three years ago, STOP LIVING IN THE PAST..YOU WILL NEVER GET AHEAD. (Will Hall).

          • JerryJonesSux

            You have to admit there have been more misses then hits. Hence the reason the Cowboys only won one playoff game in a hundred years. And you can’t say ect., because it stops there. You pretty much named all of Jerry’s hits. It would take me about ten minutes to type in all his misses. Keep it up Jerry… Your doing a great job running the Cowboys past ground level.

  • Old Frog

    Yes. Be patient for a change. Let the dust settle. See what the draft yields then go find some more Selvies and Waters.

    • JerryJonesSux

      You shouldn’t have to find Selvies or Walters, you should draft wisely. Those type of guys should supplement your drafts, not totally take over and be starting because your drafts suck! Jerry you’re the best!

  • 16thpic

    Good bye D.Ware&Miles hello D.Ford &Jordan Matthews

  • Guy Smith

    If the Cowboys dont use just about all their picks on revamping the offensive and defensive lines as well as Finally finding a decent safety, well, then again, with Jerrah Jones as GM..What a sham and a shame this once proud team has become.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Ware should have taken a pay cut. He has already made a truck load of millions. Not to mention his diminishing skills. Maybe Ware knew that the 4-3 was not for him and strategically got himself out of Dallas to play for a 3-4 SB contender.