In any other year, Cowboys receiver Miles Austin would be making nearly $10 million under the franchise tag — or averaging $9 million on a long-term deal. Thanks to the uncapped year, Austin will make $3.168 million for 2010.
As a result, he’s staying away from the team’s offseason program. The guy who throws the passes to Austin isn’t concerned.
This does not appear to be a concern to him or teammates. Tony Romo said in an interview with Sports Day DFW:
Oh, Miles will be back, don’t worry, he’ll be back and around. He’s just getting things done, the business side of things that happens once and while. But I talked to Miles the other day, he’ll be on a bike. He’s a good kid, he’s going to work hard and he’ll be ready to go when the time comes. He does a lot of good things, and he knows what it takes to play at a high level, year in and year out.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Roy Williams also wants a new deal. That doesn’t seem to be big news though.