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Monday, February 17, 2014
Nothing new with Ware and Austin's status

By Calvin Watkins

The Dallas Cowboys have decisions to make regarding two of their more valued players in DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin.

A team source said nothing has changed regarding the statuses of both players.

Ware is coming off a six-sack season and the team is thinking of offering him a pay cut or releasing him. The Cowboys would save roughly $7.4 million by releasing Ware or could also create salary cap space with a restructured contract.

Ware has said he's not taking a pay cut.

As for Austin, he failed to catch a touchdown pass in a injury-filled season. The team saves $5.5 million if Austin become a post-June 1 cut.

When Cowboys' officials head to the NFL scouting combine this week the agents, Pay Dye for Ware and David Dunn for Austin, could meet with team officials to discuss the futures of their clients, if it hasn't been done so already.

If you release any of these players, replacements are needed.

For Ware, the Cowboys don't really have someone on the roster to replace him and would have to look toward the draft. Tyrone Crawford, who missed last season with a torn Achilles, is one possibility.

Austin's replacement is already on the roster in Terrance Williams. The rookie produced a 44 catch, 736 yard season with five touchdowns. Williams' ability to beat defenders one-on-one, with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten taken out of games by defensive coverages, appeals to the Cowboys.

He was one of the more improved young players on the team behind center Travis Frederick.