As we’re previously mentioned, Dallas is projected to be over the 2014 salary cap by $25 million or so and although they can free up $22.5 million in cap space by reworking the contracts of QB Tony Romo, ILB Sean Lee, TE Jason Witten and CB Brandon Carr, they would still need to create more space at some point.
We also mentioned that releasing DE DeMarcus Ware could be an option considering that he has a 2014 base salary of $12.75 million.
Austin, 29, is probably more like to be released than Ware given that he has been a much larger disappointment since signing a seven-year contract worth $57 million back in 2010. Austin has also dealt with numerous hamstring injuries in recent years that has really limited his on-the-field production.
If the Cowboys were to designate Austin as a post-June 1 cut, they would free up $5 million in cap space.