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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cowboys released WR Miles Austin.

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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.

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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.

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Speaking Monday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it's "too early" to discuss the contract status of Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware.

Due $5.5 million next season, Austin is widely expected to be a post-June 1 cut. Slated to earn a combined $26 million over the next two years, Ware is expected to restructure. Jones is unfailingly loyal to players he discovered and cultivated, but there would be zero sense in bringing the soon-to-be 30-year-old Austin back for 2014. Constantly battling hamstring injuries, Austin was a complete non-factor this season, while Terrance Williams is waiting in the wings as a replacement.

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The Cowboys are expected to release Miles Austin as a post-June 1 cut.

The move would save $5.5 million versus the salary cap, but results in more than $5 million in 2015 dead money. Still, the Cowboys will need the room this year, and Austin isn't remotely worth his $5.5 million base salary. Austin's contract has proven to be one of Jerry Jones' biggest blunders, and that's saying something. The Cowboys should have gotten rid of this mess last year.

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Miles Austin caught two passes for 22 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

Austin was used in a rotation with Terrance Williams, but failed to make an impact in the passing game and was targeted on Kyle Orton's game-sealing fourth quarter interception. His 2013 season ends with just 24 catches for 244 yards and no touchdowns. Austin appeared in only 11 games due to injury and is widely expected to be released in the offseason. The Cowboys can save $5 million by making him a post June 1 cut.