Despite having a legitimate shot of clinching the NFC East division title heading into the regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys dropped the ball by letting eventual Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III get the best of them. The Redskins won the game and the division title as a result of taking down the Cowboys in Week 17 leaving uncertainty looming in Dallas moving forward.
Once the team was officially knocked out of playoff contention with the loss to the Redskins, owner Jerry Jones promised drastic changes to right the ship in Dallas. Quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett were thought to be a part of those changes in terms of Romo being benched and Garrett being fired, but neither move happened as Jones decided to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan instead.
The move was considerable highly questionable with a lot of doubt about whether or not Garrett and Romo are truly the right men for the job of leading this team on the field and from the sidelines.
Along with Ryan’s firing, another big move may be coming from Jones with veteran wide receiver Miles Austin potentially being released by the team according to AJ Mass of ESPN.com:
Miles Austin is scheduled to earn over $6.7 million next season, but if the Dallas Cowboys opt to give him his release early, it’s possible that the team would save themselves upwards of $3 million in cap room.
Although Austin has been a valuable asset to the Cowboys since his breakout season in 2009, the veteran hasn’t been as productive playing second fiddle to up-and-comer Dez Bryant. Austin has also dealt with multiple injury problems over the last few years that has been a concern.
In 2012, Austin caught 66 passes for 943 yards and six touchdowns. Austin in 15 of the 16 games played by the Cowboys this season, but may have played his last in Dallas if the team ultimately decided to cut him at some point during the off-season.