- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cowboys released the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver after a meeting with owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
“I wasn’t completely blindsided,” Austin said. “I understood what the outcomes or scenarios could be. They let me know personally and it was handled really classy and I wouldn’t expect anything other than straight class. Now I’ve got a group of other scenarios that can come up and I’m looking forward to the next possible opportunity wherever it may be.”
Austin caught only 24 passes for 244 yards in 11 games last season and did not score a touchdown in 2013. Recurring hamstring injuries played a part in keeping Austin from matching the success he had in 2009-10.
In 2009, he took over for an injured Roy Williams and set a franchise record with 250 yards on 10 catches and two touchdowns in an overtime win at Kansas City. He finished the season with 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, good enough to make the Pro Bowl. A year later he signed a six-year, $54 million extension and caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns.
He missed six games in 2011 with hamstring injuries and was slowed to a degree by his hamstrings in 2012 but caught 66 passes for 943 yards and six touchdowns.
After catching 10 passes in the season opener, Austin caught only 14 passes the rest of the season.
“Anyone who knows me, any of the guys on the team, any of my friends, family, they know how much I care about how well I do for the team,” Austin said. “I want to be a complement to the team and be a contributor, regardless of what it is. Obviously it’s frustrating to deal with injuries. I wish it wasn’t the case.”
Austin was married two weeks ago. On Wednesday, his future took another twist.
“It’s been an eventful past couple of weeks,” Austin said.