Miles Austin WR CLE 2 Months

Austin caught two passes for 23 yards on six targets in Saturday's game against the Rams.

With Josh Gordon (abdomen) and Nate Burleson (hamstring) sitting out, Austin and Andrew Hawkins worked as the first-team receivers in two-wide sets. Hawkins may not have that role to open the season, but he's a safe bet to play a big part in the offense. Austin, meanwhile, may be the No. 1 wide receiver by default, with Gordon likely facing a suspension to start the season. Austin's hands have looked shaky this preseason, but his health has surprisingly been a non-issue. Brian Hoyer has not looked good, and Johnny Manziel hasn't been much, if any, better.

Miles Austin WR CLE 3 Months

Austin caught one pass for 13 yards on three targets in Saturday's preseason opener against the Lions.

Austin will continue to see reps with the first-team offense in Cleveland, and when Josh Gordon is officially handed his suspension, Austin could emerge as the top receiving option. There remains the worry that nagging hamstring injuries over the years have hampered his explosiveness, but he should receive enough targets in the Cleveland offense to warrant fantasy relevance.

Miles Austin WR CLE 3 Months

Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "feel good about where Miles Austin is health wise."

Although Austin needed offseason reps as the de facto No. 1 receiver in Cleveland, he sat out all of OTAs and minicamp for maintenance purposes. So the Browns will have to see if he has any gas left in the tank when they get camp underway this weekend. It certainly looked Austin was done during his final days in Dallas. We'd rather target Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins in fantasy drafts.

Miles Austin WR CLE 5 Months4 Comments

Miles Austin's one-year contract with the Browns included a $300,000 signing bonus.

Miles Austin WR CLE 5 Months

Browns agreed to terms with WR Miles Austin, formerly of the Cowboys.

Castigated for failing to draft a wideout as they awaited word on the length of Josh Gordon's suspension, the Browns have finally added a body in the second-best receiver on the open market. That's not saying much, of course. Released on March 11, Austin had yet to make a single-known visit, and appeared to be at the end of the line last season. The Cowboys were a better team when he wasn't on the field. Positively racked by hamstring injuries, Austin turns 30 next month. In theory, he's an option on the outside, but he's best left in the slot at this stage of his career. That's a crowded position in Cleveland. Austin is extremely unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2014.

Miles Austin WR CLE 5 Months

Coach Jason Garrett wouldn't rule out the Cowboys re-signing free agent Miles Austin.

Austin hasn't drawn an ounce of known interest since being released by Dallas on March 11. "The economics of his situation really factored into the decision we made with him, coupled with his injuries," Garrett said. "We'll look at the landscape when we get done. Miles is a guy that we have great respect for as a person and as a player." Garrett went on to add that the Cowboys would "absolutely" consider re-signing Austin. He'd come cheaply.

Miles Austin WR CLE 7 Months

The Cowboys aren't interested in bringing back free agent WR Miles Austin.

Austin hasn't generated an ounce of interest since being released by Dallas over two weeks ago. The soon-to-be 30-year-old is likely going to have to settle for a one-year deal at the minimum probably after the draft. The Cowboys have sniffed around free agent Nate Burleson but seem content with their receivers.

Miles Austin WR CLE 8 Months

Cowboys released WR Miles Austin.

Miles Austin WR CLE 8 Months

The Jets could show interest in Miles Austin if/when he's cut by the Cowboys.

Austin is expected to be designated as a post-June 1 cut, saving the Cowboys $5.5 million. He's been highly injury-prone and ineffective ever since his 2009 breakout, but he'd be cheap flier for a Jets team that's absolutely desperate for weapons. The top-three wideouts on their depth chart right now are Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill.

Miles Austin WR CLE 9 Months

According to ESPN Dallas, "all the sounds coming from Valley Ranch" suggest the Cowboys "want to move on" from Miles Austin.

It doesn't look like Austin will even get a chance to stay via a pay cut. He's fully expected to be released as a post-June 1 cut, thus saving the Cowboys $5.5 million on a player who has been unable to sustain health or effectiveness since his 2009 breakout. Austin, who will turn 30 in June, is not going to find a hot market after averaging just 3.8 catches for 52.9 yards with 20 touchdowns over the last four seasons. Raw rookie Terrance Williams was far more productive in 2013.