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Cowboys can't afford uncertainty

Team could've waited on WR Miles Austin instead of rewarding his breakout season

Updated: September 10, 2010, 9:39 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys paid Miles Austin as if he were Terrell Owens.

That's a mistake.

Austin agreed to a six-year contract extension Thursday worth $54 million. The deal calls for $18 million guaranteed.

The other starting wide receiver on the Cowboys, Roy Williams, signed a five-year extension in 2008 worth $45 million with more than $20 million in guarantees.

Earlier that year, Owens signed an extension with the Cowboys for $34 million over four ...

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