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February 23, 2013

Jerry Jones: Miles Austin still in plans but may be asked to take reduction

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the receiver Miles Austin is not in danger of being a salary cap casualty as he is in the team’s plans for next season.

But Jones didn’t deny that they might ask Austin to take a salary reduction after underperforming the past couple years because of injuries.

Austin is scheduled to count $8.32 million against the cap this season, including a $6.73 million base salary.

“I think Miles is certainly very much in our plans. Right now, for the Cowboys, he’s in our plans,” Jones said. “Now he’s had two disappointing years relative to fighting some limitations. But I think he’s a safe bet. When you look at the risk of him coming back and having a season less impaired by injury, that’s much higher odds than us getting a free agent or drafting a rookie out here than can do what he can do. Now to the end that we can get any of our players to help us get under the salary cap, which is another way of saying to help us get room right now, to win now, we’ll be trying to do that.”

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