The Cowboys have opened more salary-cap space by letting go of another veteran. This time, it's wide receiver Miles Austin who was handed his walking papers. It's not quite as surprising as the release of DeMarcus Ware, but Austin is a popular player who had spent his entire eight-year career in Dallas.
Austin burst onto the scene in 2009 as he recorded more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2010, the Cowboys gave him a six-year contract worth $54 million. But Austin never lived up to that contract, mostly because his hamstring didn't allow him to. Problems with both hamstrings have been basically constant for Austin and have forced him to miss 11 games since the start of the 2011 season.
The team has designated Austin as a post-June 1 cut, which clears about $5.5 million in cap space. Of course, they won't get that space until after June 1.
Austin caught just 24 passes for 244 yards last season.
Austin became expendable once rookie Terrance Williams settled in as Tony Romo's No. 2 WR. Austin will turn 30 in June and will most likely have to settle for a one-year deal as no team should put a long-term investment into Austin with those uncooperative hamstrings. It's very easy to re-injure those muscles, as Austin has repeatedly shown.