Jones, 'Boys looking to lock up Austin

When Terrell Owens was booted from Dallas last offseason, many experts questioned whether Roy Williams was capable of stepping-up and becomming a legitimate No. 1 wideout.

Five months later, it really doesn’t matter.

Why? Because the Cowboys struck gold in four-year veteran Miles Austin, an undrafted free agent out of Monmouth (NJ) University.

And Austin could be on the verge of cashing in. Big time.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is interested in signing Austin-who is a restricted free agent-to a long-term deal in order to keep quarterback Tony Romo’s top receiving threat in Big D for a long time, according to Tim MacMahon of

After catching just five passes for 81 yards with one touchdown over the first four games of the season, Austin exploded onto the scene-becoming one of the game’s top big-play receivers.

He finished the 2009 regular season with 81 receptions for 1,320 yards (third in NFL) with 11 touchdowns (tied for third) while helping the Cowboys go 11-5, win the NFC East and capture their first playoff victory-a 34-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round-since 1996.

The spectacular season earned Austin his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Whether or not Cowboys fans are happy about the two-year extension head coach Wade Phillips just landed is one thing, but I’m guessing EVERY Dallas fan will be happy about getting Austin under contract for a very long time.

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