“We love Miles Austin, we really do,” Garrett said after the draft, via dallascowboys.com. “Obviously, drafting Devin Street (Saturday), we addressed the receiver position a little bit. But Miles has been a really good player for us.”
Austin, 29, was designated a post-June 1st release, allowing the Cowboys to free up $5.5 million in space by cutting him.
The Cowboys could certainly use competition at the receiver position, even after selecting Devin Street in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After presumptive starters WR Dez Bryant and WR Terrence Williams, Street figures to compete with WR Cole Beasley and WR Dwayne Harris for the No. 3 and 4 roles.
Austin’s career has been derailed by a series of hamstring issues. But without a significant financial burden, Austin could be an attractive option if he checks out medically.
“The economics of his situation really factored into the decision we made with him, coupled with his injuries,” Garrett said. “We’ll look at the landscape when we get done. Miles is a guy that we have great respect for as a person and as a player.”
The Browns have been rumored as a potential destination for Austin in the wake of the Josh Gordon suspension, though they have yet to show any significant interest publicly.
Last year, Austin compiled 24 receptions for 244 yards receiving over the course of 12 games.