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Feeling Great, Austin Comes Home To Win

Posted Mar 31, 2015

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year contract.

Austin had two main reasons for selecting the Eagles.

"I think proximity, I grew up in North Jersey. I went to school at Monmouth which is about an hour and 20 minutes from here. Another positive was just the fact that there's a great chance to win here," Austin said. "There's a great team already. I just want to add whatever I can add, I don't know what my role is going to be but I know I can add something and I want to be a part of that."

Austin faced the Eagles numerous times as a Dallas Cowboy, but really learned about the team when his close friend DeMarco Murray went through the free agent process.

"My man DeMo came and gave me the rundown. We were pretty close in Dallas and still are close now. He was talking me through his process when he was talking with the Eagles. He was giving me honest feedback from his personal experience," Austin said. "I think hearing that honestly without even stepping into my situation helped me choose this place and I'm so thankful and fortunate that I did."

Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2006, Austin has recorded 348 catches for 5,049 yards and 36 touchdowns in 118 career games (69 starts). Austin spent the 2014 season with the Cleveland Browns, where he totaled 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.

Slowed by hamstring injuries at the end of his tenure in Dallas, Austin changed his warm-up routine and he noticed a difference in Cleveland. Austin's 2014 campaign ended with a freak injury, a lacerated kidney, but he is now at full health and ready to compete. 

"It's similar in ways because I've always had the same mindset of doing what I can to make the team better and make myself better at every opportunity," Austin said of comparing what his mindset is now to what it was as a rookie free agent in 2006. "I honestly don't care how many balls I catch. I'm just trying to do whatever will help this team be a better team, but I think you also understand more as a player. You understand how the locker room works, schemes, plays, defenses."

Austin may have only played outside of Dallas for one season, but he said the experience of last season will aid his move to Philadelphia.

"There was a transition process," Austin said. "You're so used to being at one place - same facility, same deal, same house, same everything. Then, you change it up a little bit and I felt like I did a good job of getting the routine down and, honestly, I felt so healthy and great until I tried to jump over somebody on the sideline and I end up lacerating my kidney. I feel like the transition is a little bit easier now because I've experienced going somewhere and although it's a new surrounding, it's a familiar surrounding because I'm from Jersey and I lived there 21 years of my life."

A veteran of nine NFL seasons, the 6-2, 215-pound Austin spent the first eight seasons of his career in Dallas and ranks eighth in Cowboys franchise history in receiving yards (4,481) and 10th in both receptions (301) and touchdown catches (34).

Austin, 30, burst onto the scene for the Cowboys in 2009, notching a team-best 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 scores in 16 games (nine starts), becoming just the 15th undrafted player in league history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards and the 12th with 10-or-more touchdowns in a season. In his first-career start, Austin set a Dallas single-game record and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after hauling in 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns at KC (October 11, 2009). Austin finished first in the NFC and third in the NFL in receiving yardage in 2009 en route to his first-career Pro Bowl selection.

Austin returned to the Pro Bowl in 2010 after leading Dallas with 1,041 receiving yards and finishing second on the team with seven touchdowns and 69 receptions. He also added one rushing touchdown on a 60-yard scamper at Arizona.

Born on June 30, 1984 in Summit, New Jersey, Austin attended Garfield (N.J.) High School where he was a standout in football, basketball and track and field. He played collegiately at Monmouth University, where he concluded his career as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,867), receptions (150) and touchdown catches (33).

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