Dallas Cowboys keep on adding wide receivers after they moved on from Dez Bryant earlier this month. The team’s latest acquisition is WR Tavon Austin, who joins from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a sixth-round pick (No. 162).
This trade comes as a surprise since Austin just recently reconstructed four-year, $42 million extension he signed in 2016. According to the new deal, the 28-year-old will get $5 million guaranteed and $3 million in incentives.
“I definitely didn’t see this coming at all, but it’s the business side of football and the NFL,” – said Austin after the trade was announced. “I’m definitely appreciative of my opportunities that I have and I’m just glad it’s the Dallas Cowboys.“
Tavon Austin was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Rams but never managed to truly reach his potential. In 2017 NFL season, Austin had only 13 catches for 47 yards, although he partially made up for it in the running game, having 59 carries for 270 yards and a touchdown.
“One of the issues for him has been his size and how you use him in the NFL and we probably see him as a guy who can be versatile for us,” – said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “Stephen [Jones, Cowboys’ VP] referenced a web back, a dynamic, mismatch running back out of the backfield, but obviously he played the slot, he’s a returner. So what you try to do is you try to get the ball in his hands a number of different ways. … We felt like he could add some explosiveness to our offense.“