The Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Miles Austin on Wednesday and designated it as a June 1 cut. Austin came to Dallas as an undrafted free agent following the 2006 NFL Draft and became one-of-three rookie free agents to make the active roster out of training camp.
Austin spent his first three years as a reserve receiver and kick return specialist. As a rookie, he returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in a wild card playoff game at Seattle (1/6/07) to become the first Dallas Cowboy to return a kickoff for a score in the postseason. Through his first three seasons, Austin had 18 catches for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
The 2009 season was a breakout year for Austin. He earned his first career start in place of Roy Williams (ribs) at Kansas City (10/11) and established a club record with 250 receiving yards while also notching the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Austin’s 250-yard performance was the first time in NFL history a player reached 250 yards in his first career start and the third time a player reached 200 yards in his first start. The game-winning score was also the first time in league history a player scored an overtime touchdown in his first career start. Austin went on to finish the season with 1,320 yards – sixth in a season in team history – to become the 15th undrafted NFL player with a 1,000-yard season and earned his first career Pro Bowl berth.
In 2010 Austin again topped 1,000 yards (1,041) to make him one-of-10 undrafted players with multiple 1,000-yard efforts. He started all 16 games for the only time in his career and earned his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl following the season as an injury replacement.
Austin missed six games with a hamstring injury in 2011 and caught 43 passes for 579 yards and seven scores. He returned healthy in 2012 to play in all 16 games (15 starts), finishing with 66 catches for 943 yards and six touchdowns.
Austin started only eight of the 11 games he played in 2013 after a hamstring injury sidelined him for five contests. He finished his final season in Dallas with 24 catches for 244 yards with no touchdowns. In his eight seasons in Dallas, Austin caught 301 passes (ninth in team history) for 4,481 yards (seventh) and 34 touchdowns (10th). He returned 89 kickoffs for 2,146 yards (24.1 avg.) with a long of 60 in the regular season.
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