Report: Cowboys will have 13 restricted free agents

Talk about restricted access.

Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas Cowboys have 13 restricted free agents entering 2010, making it a costly proposition for them to keep all of them. Of course, in an uncapped year, that’s no problem for the landlord of Dallas Cowboys Stadium, right?

The most interesting case, as Archer writes, is what to do with wide receiver Miles Austin, who earned $1.545 million this past season with a second-round tender. Dallas would like to lock Austin up with a long-term contracl. Short of that happening, they will likely have to tender him again. In order to make sure he doesn’t go anywhere, they’ll probably have to use the first- and third-round tender at a cost of $3.168 million, a bargain if he matches the production he had this past season—81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Cowboys used the same tender on Marion Barber before the 2008 season and then reached a multi-year deal with him. Stay tuned. There are plenty of decisions to be made in Dallas.

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