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January 21, 2010

Miles will sign long term

Miles Austin is one of 13 restricted free agents for the Cowboys. He has done enough to merit a long-term deal, having led the NFC with 1,320 receiving yards.

Owner Jerry Jones confirmed the team will be working on a long-term deal with Austin as opposed to a one-year tender.

"That's all I'm going to say, but yes," Jones said.

Last year, the Cowboys put a second-round tag on Austin. The Jets flirted with him, but he never signed an offer sheet. This year, he likely will get a first- and third-round tender, which is $3.1 million. That means if another team signs Austin to an offer sheet, the Cowboys can match it or take the first- and third-round draft picks. That isn't going to happen. He also isn't playing for the $3.1 million tender. The sides will reach a long-term deal at some point.

-- Charean Williams


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