Austin wants a long-term deal but is remaining patient.
year, $45 million deal the week he stepped back in Texas. One could say Chris Canty, a four-year starter now with the New York Giants, is an exception.
Jones has been criticized at times for being too generous with his players. But perhaps it has earned him some latitude in this unusual uncapped year: 12 of the Cowboys' 13 original restricted free agents (Austin, Sensabaugh, Spears, Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, Sam Hurd, Pat Watkins, Cory Procter, Shaun Suisham, Pat McQuistan, Duke Preston and Cletis Gordon) would've been unrestricted in a normal capped year. (Junior Siavii was the only exception).
Typically, if you perform, Jerry will pay up.
Maybe, too, this group genuinely feels it owes each other a common focus and cooperation. Maybe the coaching staff, led by head coach Wade Phillips, has truly established a family atmosphere in the locker room.
Perhaps it's a combination of the three.
But as camp approaches, these Cowboys seem focused more on gold than green.