There is no value in the Cowboys publicly tipping their hand regarding their plans with receiver Miles Austin. Nor is there value in the organization being disrespectful to a player who might go down as a street-free-agent success story.
But the Cowboys have privately determined which way they are leaning regarding the former Pro Bowler: Make him a post-June 1 cut, thus escaping from the bulk of their $8.2 million commitment to him.
The move wouldn’t be painless; while it would free up $5.5 million in cap room this year, there would be a $5 million carryover of dead money into 2015. Additionally, the post-June 1 cut (each team is allowed two of those “amnesty’’-like moves) comes following free-agent shopping season, which means the team is temporarily handcuffed from making all the moves it might otherwise pursue.