Just pay the man aleady

Paul KasprzakContributor IApril 12, 2010

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin had a breakout season last year. For that the Cowboys should be paying the man already, but that isn’t the case and now Austin is staying away from offseason programs, according to ESPN Radio in Dallas, via ProFootballTalk.com.

The reason that Austin isn’t getting paid is due to the fact his contract has expired in the wrong year with this year being an uncapped year.

Normally, Austin would be an unrestricted free agent that would have been franchise tagged, but this year he is just a restricted free agent.

The lack of negotiations would be excusable if Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo or outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware’s contracts had to be done, but they are currently locked into longterm deals.

In the end, if they make Austin play under his tender it is the wrong thing to do as it could upset him to the point where he will demand to get traded, which would be bad considering they have no other legitament wide receiver.