Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas was asked about WR Miles Austin‘s future with the Cowboys in a recent mailbag. According to Watkins, the fact that Dallas recently restructured Austin’s contract is a good indication that he’s a part of the team’s plans for at least this season.
Watkins adds that the Cowboys still need him to be productive in their offense, given that there are some question marks with the other receivers currently on their roster. NFL teams rarely trade or release a player shortly after they restructured their deal because of the new guarantees included in the contract.
Austin, 28, had his salary for the upcoming season reduced to $840,000, but also includes a $5.892 million signing bonus. He’s under contract through the 2017 season, but Watkins believes the Cowboys could look to get out from under his contract in either 2014 or 2015.