The Cowboys most legitimate deep threat at wide receiver, Miles Austin, will be in New York visiting the Jets this week. Their interest in him sounds serious.
The Star-Ledger's Dave Hutchinson says that the Jets may insert a "poison pill" clause into Austin's potential offer that could deter the Cowboys from matching it. This such clause helped the Jets force the Patriots away from their offer for running back Curtis Martin in '98.
A "poison pill" is a clause inserted in an offer sheet to a restricted free agent that makes it almost impossible for a team to match the offer.
And in regards to how the Jets used it in the past:
That clause was a provision in which Martin could become an unrestricted free agent the following season if the Patriots matched the offer, allowing him to leave New England without the Patriots receiving a dime. Also, the deal included a $3.3 million roster bonus that would've wrecked the Patriots' salary cap.
With the imminent resigning of Demarcus Ware, the Cowboys' salary cap may need as much saving as possible.
As for Austin, here's what he said to the DMN.
"This is where I started," Austin said. "There's a connection to Dallas obviously. You also want to be somewhere they want you, and I think [the Cowboys] do."
Gang Green Nation's take on why the Jets invited Austin provides insight into the potential the team may see in the wide receiver.
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"It's a huge deal for me," McGee said. "Next week will be a pretty big week for me getting to to Oakland, then Dallas and Denver. I've got a pretty full week, but that Dallas visit will be huge for me because growing up here in Texas I had Troy Aikman and so forth on my wall for a long time now. I'm so excited to be one of the guys to go on the visit and if I have the opportunity to play in Dallas I know that I would be thrilled and honored."