Rams ship WR Austin to Cowboys for sixth-round pick

Rams ship WR Austin to Cowboys for sixth-round pick

Austin was a playmaking machine as a receiver, rusher and return man, scoring a total of 40 touchdowns in four years at West Virginia.

The Dallas Cowboys continued to rebuild their wide receiver corps during the NFL Draft with a trade bringing them the speedy Tavon Austin.

Los Angeles gets something in return for someone they would have let go otherwise, and the Cowboys get wide receiver help after the departure of Dez Bryant.

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A first-round selection by the Rams in 2013, Austin played in 78 games for the franchise, starting in 50 of them.

Austin, 27, is a short-statured shifty wideout who best operates out of the slot within a spread-type offense-obviously, this caters more to the collegiate world.

Austin counted $14 million against the salary cap in 2017 when his production fell off to a career-low 13 catches for 47 yards, though he carried 59 times for a 4.6-yard average. He also recorded 1,238 rushing yards for nine touchdowns, and scored three punts returned for touchdowns. Dallas figures to be an advantageous situation of him, as nothing is set in stone with the receiving depth chart at this point. Dallas drafted Michael Gallup in the third round Friday.

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