The Los Angeles Rams have traded gadget player Tavon Austin to the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams will receive a sixth-round pick (192nd overall) in the deal.
For the Rams, this is a straight salary dump. In 16 games last year, he was still fourth among Rams wide receivers with 317 yards from scrimmage. And after the team traded for Brandin Cooks, Austin was a long-shot to make the roster.
Dallas, meanwhile, is in desperate need of big-play ability, especially with Dez Bryant released and Jason Witten retired. In five NFL seasons, Austin has scored 12 touchdowns receiving, nine touchdowns rushing, and three touchdowns on punt returns. Average gain on those touchdowns: 32.7 yards.
Austin is guaranteed $5 million this season with incentives that could add another $3 million. Per Over The Cap, the Cowboys only had about $12 million in cap space coming into draft weekend. Austin will eat up a big chunk of that, though Dallas will also save some money with Witten retiring.
UPDATE: NFL Network's Mike Garafalo corrects the terms on Austin's contract. It's a much more friendly deal for the Cowboys.
Correct. Rams ate $4m via a roster bonus last month. He has $2m in per-game roster bonuses and another $1m in incentives. So the most the Cowboys pay him this year is $4m. https://t.co/xmxO2V2xos
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