Miles Austin getting high tender

March, 4, 2010
We're getting information little-by-little on which Cowboys received tender offers today and wide receiver Miles Austin got the highest tender possible, a first-and-third round tender deal worth $3.168 million.

Also receiving tender offers today were wide receiver/special teams ace Sam Hurd, defensive end Stephen Bowen and backup tackle Pat McQuistan.

Hurd and Bowen picked up second-round tender offers worth $1.759 million. McQuistan got an original tender offer -- the right of first refusal plus a selection in the round that McQuistan was originally drafted (seventh) -- worth $1.176 million.

But the biggest deal goes to Austin, which gives the Cowboys a little advantage in terms of bidding against other teams. If another team wants Austin, it must give up a first and third round draft pick, in addition to paying Austin a big money salary, which the Cowboys can match.

UPDATE: Also, cornerback Cletis Gordonsigned a one-year contract extension this afternoon. Terms were not disclosed.

Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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