How will the Cowboys handle Miles Austin?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams caught 38 passes for 596 yards with seven touchdowns in 13 starts last season.

He made roughly $9 million.

Miles Austin caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards with 11 touchdowns in only nine starts last season.

He made a base salary of $1.5 million.

What’s refreshing is that Austin isn’t complaining about his contract situation.

"No, not worried at all," Austin told Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com after the Slam Dunk contest in Dallas on Saturday night. "I have all the confidence in the world in the organization and I'm sure everything will be worked out right."

In an age and industry where money talks, the fourth-year wide receiver out of Monmouth (New Jersey) prefers to let his actions on the field speak for him. Austin ranked third in the NFL in receiving yards last season and tied for fourth in touchdowns, despite not becoming a serious part of the Cowboys offense until Week 5.

Even with the slow start, Austin still made his first Pro Bowl appearance in Miami this past January.

The Cowboys have a few options this offseason for how they can approach Austin’s future with the team. The wideout is set to become a restricted free agent, meaning the Dallas brass can:

1. Apply the franchise tag (which will cost roughly $9.5 million for 2010)
2. Work out a long-term deal (I’m sure this is want Cowboys fans want)
3. Place a first and third round tender on Austin (which will land him $3.168 million in 2010)

Unfortunately for Austin, that last option is still roughly $6 million less than what Roy Williams is making.

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