The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin gave up his efforts to ask for more money from the team on Friday and signed the $3.168 million contract tender to stay with the Cowboys as the team threatened to reduce the salary offer to $1.65 million if Austin refused to sign the tender.
It was reasonable for Austin to ask a salary raise as he had impressive performance in 2009 season. Catching 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns in the regular season, Austin also broke Bob Hayes’ single-game record with 250 receiving yards while playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. In that single game, Austin also caught 10 passes and had two touchdowns. Previously only a third-line player, Austin took the chance to start at wide receiver when Roy Williams was absent. His performance soon overcame the coaches and quarterbacks and he became the major target when starting quarterback was passing the ball.
However, the Cowboys seem not ready to revalue Austin and would like to observe him for a longer period before giving him a starter’s contract. They could have compared Austin to another wide receiver of the Minnesota Vikings, Percy Harvin, who was a rookie in 2009 season and also a starting quarterback’s favorite wide receiver. While Harvin is low-profile even if he is going to play more important role once Brett Favre decides to wear back his Vikings jersey, Austin is comparatively overrating himself and needs another season of test.