Cowboys, Austin taking cool approach
Maybe the pressure is mounting on unsigned restricted free agents in some cities, but the Dallas Cowboys and Miles Austin seem to be truly committed to trying to work out some type of longterm agreement.
The Cowboys aren’t pressuring him, either. According to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, the team has not threatened Austin with a salary reduction. Teams can reduce the tender offer to RFA’s beginning Tuesday and still retain exclusive rights. Clubs can lower the tender offer to 110 percent of the player’s 2009 base salary. In Austin’s case, that could reduce his offer from $3.168 million to $1.65 million.
Austin’s agent David Dunn is working on getting a deal done and Austin has participated in the majority of the voluntary offseason workout program despite not being under contract. As Archer cites, some teams have sent players warning letters that they do intend to reduce offers to players. The Cowboys are taking the cool approach with Austin and hopefully it will pay off for both sides.
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