Miles Austin is a very rich man
Lost in the midst of last night’s opening NFL game was the fact that Dallas signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a six-year, $54 million dollar contract extension. The deal makes him one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.
Of all the moves the Cowboys have made this year, this is by far the best. With the combination of the poor economy, deadlocked labor talks, and a certain rookie wide receiver in Dallas, there were reasons to think this deal might not get completed, at least not this year.
But the ‘Boys did the right thing in locking up the player who, outside of Tony Romo, may just be the most important on offense. Take a look at some of Austin’s numbers from last season:
- A 66.7 percent reception rate for a deep-threat receiver
- Only three drops all season–just 2.2 percent of catchable balls
- A ridiculous 7.2 YAC-per-reception
- A league-leading 10.4 yards-per-attempt
But Austin’s only been a top-tier player for one season. Isn’t it possible he’s a one-hit wonder?
No. One-hit wonders are players who become satisfied with that they’ve accomplished. That isn’t Miles Austin.
One-hit wonders care more about cashing in than becoming the best football player possible. That’s not Miles Austin either.
One-hit wonders have celebrity girlfriends and. . .er, forget that one.
If there are any questions in your mind regarding Austin’s mindset after scoring such a lucrative deal, check out what he had to say just after signing it. “It feels great to be wanted by this team because I want to be here,” Austin said. “But that being said, my main focus really is on the Redskins this week.”
He went on to add, “My career started here. You guys gave me a shot. I put my all out there every day and I’m going to continue to do that, hopefully for a long time.”
Jerry Jones is just as confident in Austin as anyone. “We all are familiar and admire the way Miles has evolved into the player he is today,” he said. “We’re also very impressed with the person he is. I’ve never felt like when we’ve made this type of commitment that we’ve ever been better prepared or better informed about what he is as a player and as a person.”
So to the fans who have been asking “Why aren’t the Cowboys signing __________? It is an uncapped year. They need to sign __________ to an extension or trade for ___________ and his big contract,” THIS is the reason the Cowboys have been quiet this year.
And you can rest assured it was the best decision the ‘Boys have made in awhile.