Jerry Jones Says He Won't Cut Miles Austin, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 09: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs after a reception against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dallas won 20-19. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Early on this offseason, there's been lots of talk regarding Miles Austin's future with the Dallas Cowboys. The team's highest-paid receiver has failed to live up to expectations in recent seasons and is earning a lot of money on a team that can't afford to be overpaying anyone.

But it looks as though Austin will have at least one more year to get back on track. 

"When you look at the risk of him coming back and having a season that is less impaired by injury," team owner Jerry Jones said at the combine, "that's much higher odds than us getting a free agent or drafting a rookie out there who can do what he can do."

ESPN's Todd Archer also noted in the above link that a restructure is still a distinct possibility. Austin is supposed to make nearly $7 million in 2013, but there's an easy way for the Cowboys to bring that down to about $1.3 million, according to Archer.


On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East...

Dallas Cowboys

From Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Jones also says he wants credit if/when the Cowboys finally get back to the Super Bowl.

From Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News: Jason Garrett has confirmed Sean Lee will start in the middle of the new 4-3 defense.


New York Giants

From Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News: Jerry Reese isn't too concerned about Manti Te'o's messed up off-the-field background.

From's Ohm Youngmisuk: Reese has also spoken with Justin Tuck regarding his recent struggles.


Philadelphia Eagles

From's Sheil Kapadia: A former player opens up on Chip Kelly's genius.

From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Eagles need outside pass-rushers to fit their new defense. 


Washington Redskins

From Mark Maske of the Washington Post: In a last-ditch effort to get some money back from sanctions imposed by the league, the Redskins will be taking an "informal" route.

From Rich Tandler of Real Redskins: It's crazy how much roster turnover there's been in the Mike Shanahan era.