Miles Austin Intends To Participate in Voluntary Workouts

April 15th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Miles Austin, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, stated that in no way has his absence away from the voluntary Cowboy workouts been related to contract issues with the organization.

He went onto say that he fully intends to participate the rest of the way as training camp progresses.

Austin has expressed his feelings for a new long-term contract with the Cowboys, who have thus far been unwilling to comply.  Still, the receiver insists that he will sign a tender offer extended by the team that will pay him $3.168 million for the upcoming 2010 NFL season, and a new contract would be negotiated after the conclusion of the season.

“I would love it really, but that’s stuff I can’t control,” Austin said in an interview with ESPNDallas.com. “I can just go out and be a player and play as hard as I can. That’s what I love to do.”

During the initial weeks of voluntary workouts, Austin was in Los Angeles.  ESPN.com reported that Austin was called by quarterback Tony Romo asking him to return to Dallas.  Austin stated that he was already planning that move regardless.

“I’m going to continue to do the things that I’ve been doing and be the guy that I have been and show up, do what I have to do,” said Austin of the situation with voluntary workouts. “I was out in L.A. working. To be honest, I was really working hard. I came back the lightest I’ve ever been, in shape already. I’m feeling really good and looking forward to the year.”

It was initially thought that Austin was upset about the current state of his contract status, and would refuse to participate in the voluntary workout program.  Owner Jerry Jones has been on record stating that he wants to get Austin signed to a long-term deal.

The Pro Bowl wide-out said that his individual training sessions with a personal trainer helped him best to prepare for training camp.

“Not a power play, nothing like that at all,” said Austin, who has slimmed down to 207 pounds. “It just came down to when I was working out there, I was really buying into the workouts. Not only was I working out with a personal trainer, but I was running hills, running Runyan [Canyon], a lot of things.

“It was just a good thing out there. I was getting good work in, shedding weight, running fast. I just wanted to be ready when I came back here, and I’m ready now.”

Austin hauled in 81 receptions last season and had 1,320 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns.

USA Online Sportsbooks believe that the Cowboys will threaten next season, and have been set at 11/1 to win Super Bowl XLV, behind only New Orleans and Indianapolis.

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