Report: Cowboys extend highest tender to Austin

The Cowboys have extended the highest level free-agent tender for WR Miles Austin, the team’s official site reported Thursday.

As expected, the Cowboys placed a first- and third-round tender on Austin, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent. The Cowboys will hold the right of first refusal on Austin and would receive those picks as compensation if they decline to match any offers from other teams.

As a fourth-year pro, Austin would make $3.168 million under the restricted tender in 2010. He recorded 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns during his breakout season in 2009, leading to his first Pro Bowl.

Update: The Cowboys released their official list of tendered players Thursday afternoon, and it included Austin. DE Marcus Spears was extended a first-round tender, and DEs Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher, WR Sam Hurd, C Cory Procter, S Gerald Sensabaugh and NT Junior Siavii received second-round tenders. C Duke Preston was given a fourth-round tender, S Patrick Watkins a fifth-round tender and OT Pat McQuistan a seventh-round tender.

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