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February 23, 2013

Jason Garrett doesn't guarantee Miles Austin will be on team 2013 but feels good about him

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had no problem giving absolute answer about nose tackle Jay Ratliff's presence on the team in 2013.

However, he wouldn't go that far with receiver Miles Austin because of financial considerations.

Austin has a $8.3 million cap number, including a $6.7 million base salary for next season. The Cowboys could save potentially $3.6 million by releasing him.

It's unlikely the Cowboys will go that far, considering they have no legitimate options to replace Austin opposite Dez Bryant in the lineup.

Garrett said a lot of things still must be decided but he feels good about Austin and believes the key to getting him back to being productive on a consistent basis is getting him healthy.

"All these discussions are predicated on the business side of things," Garrett said. "But we certainly feel great about Miles and the only issue we’ve had with Miles is simply the health. I was really proud of him because he wasn’t healthy,” Garrett said. “He wasn’t healthy the whole year. And I saw a really good burst in him about twice and he still caught 66 or so balls and he was a productive player for us. He did it a little bit differently than we have seen from him in the past but he was productive It’s really, really important to get him healthy and going like he’s capable of.”

Clarence Hill

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Jerry should cut his losses with Austin. That guy is the second coming of Terrence Newman. Very highly paid..but can't stay on the field.

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