According to the Dallas Cowboys’ official website, wide receiver Sam Hurd signed his one-year, $1.545 million tender on Monday, leaving Miles Austin as the Cowboys’ only remaining unsigned restricted free agent.
The Cowboys retained exclusive rights to Hurd and Austin last Friday when the NFL restricted signing period ended. Austin has yet to sign his similar one-year, $1.545 million tender, but teams no longer can pursue him as a free agent. The Jets visited with Austin earlier this month but decided not to risk yielding a second-round pick to the Cowboys, the required compensation if the Cowboys decided not to match an offer sheet.
If Austin remains unsigned by June 15, the Cowboys would be allowed to reduce his qualifying offer, but both scenarios are unlikely. Austin figures to be an important part of the offense without Terrell Owens and could be in line for an extension at some point.
It looks like the Cowboys will be playing with the cards that they were dealt, as talk of adding another receiver has almost grounded to a halt. They may still add a receiver in the draft, but for those of you who were expecting a big free agent signing or trade after the team released T.O., don’t count on it.