Wide receiver Miles Austin signed his $3.1 million tender on Friday but is still hoping for ink a longterm contract extension with the Cowboys before the start of the season.
Owner Jerry Jones reiterated that he sees
"He’s just a pleasure to have on your team," Jones said during minicamp at Cowboys Stadium Saturday. "We all
are so impressed with how his career has evolved, where he came from, how he’s developed.
"He’s got his eye on the things that really directly allow him to really improve, certainly to the extent that you see him with the attitude that he’s got, the work ethic that he’s got and the talent that’s he got. It makes it an easier job for me to think about what we’re going to be doing in the future involving him."
If it doesn't happen before the season, the Pro Bowler and go-to receiver will likely be the third highest paid receiver on the team behind Dez Bryant and Roy Williams.
“I’m making double what I made last year, so at the end of the day, you can judge it toward other people, but I don’t like to compare myself to other people,” he said.
The Cowboys sure look like they have long-term plans for him – he’s added slot duties to his workload, perhaps in case Patrick Crayton isn’t around much longer. Coach Wade Phillips said
“Inside, outside, whatever,” he said. “I’m just trying to help us out wherever I can and trying to get open, inside or outside. I’m indifferent to the whole thing. Inside, outside, whatever.”