The Philadelphia Eagles made waves earlier this offseason when they prized away DeMarco Murray from the Dallas Cowboys, and reports today suggest there could be another man with Cowboys connections signing up in the near future.
Crossing the divide
NFL.com reports that wide receiver Miles Austin, who spent eight years with 'America's Team' before playing for the Cleveland Browns in 2014, is visiting the Eagles this week with a view to a deal.
Austin is an unrestricted free agent at present and would add depth to an Eagles receiving corp that is looking light after the departure of Jeremy Maclin.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport was amongst the first to break the news.
In eight years with the Dallas Cowboys, 2006-2013, Miles Austin racked up 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns. Now 30-years old his form has dropped off in recent seasons but the Eagles would be adding a very experienced slot receiver if they can get a deal done.
Barring any major slip ups with his physical, that appears the likely scenario. Rapoport followed up his initial report by stating that the Eagles will go ahead with the signing so long as Austin completes his physical without any issues.
After seeing his one and only season with the Browns curtailed by a kidney injury after 12 games, as well as well documented hamstring trouble plaguing him during his time in Dallas, that physical may be a little more thorough than some carried out in the NFL this offseason.
Chip Kelly has overseen a fairly major overhaul to the Philadelphia Eagles roster this offseason. The likes of Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews have arrived while LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin have been the biggest names to depart.
The gap left by 2014 Pro Bowler Maclin has yet to be properly addressed. There is no doubt that young wideouts, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, have great potential but with the misfiring Riley Cooper as the team's experienced option there is a need to be addressed.
This may come in the NFL Draft but Miles Austin's arrival - while far from the calibre of DeMarco Murray's - will add a much needed veteran to the corp.
What do you think Eagles fans? Is Austin a good addition? And Cowboys fans, will you be sad to see him line up in Philly green? Let us know in the comments section below...
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