Miles Austin Contract: The Dallas Cowboys’ Best Move All Year

September 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In our new DC Times blog, I briefly discussed why the contract given to Miles Austin was the smartest move Dallas made all year.
Just after writing that, I noted that ESPN writer Calvin Watkins (who I really like) just tweeted, “To sign 2 WR to nearly $100 million worth of contracts blows me away.”
I’ve heard the same sentiments echoed a lot recently: how can the Cowboys sign Miles Austin to such a hefty contract when they already dished out so much cash to Roy Williams?  It isn’t business-savvy to put so much capital into one small component (the wide receiver position) of your company, is it?
Well, no, but only as it relates to future decisions.  That is, if you were to build an NFL franchise, you wouldn’t want to throw 90 percent of the cash into 10 percent of the positions.  “Stars and scrubs” teams have shown to be inferior to more balanced squads (sorry, Miami Heat).
The fact that Williams alread...

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