Tip Sheet notes: Fates intertwined
WR Austin's emergence presents what-if scenario for Jets, Cowboys
Originally Published: January 1, 2010By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
Jeff Moffett/Icon SMIMiles Austin, who's had a Pro Bowl season in Dallas, was targeted by the Jets this past offseason.Credit the New York Jets' personnel department for determining in the spring that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, who caught only 18 passes in his first two seasons of play in the league, might be poised for a breakout campaign in 2009. But question the Jets' brass, too, for not making Austin, a restricted free agent at the time, a proposal that would have prompted him to sign an offer sheet with them. If the Jets' offer had been tempting enough to earn Austin's signature, Dallas officials would have been forced to either match it or lose the promising wideout with no compensation.