Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency 2014: Should Seahawks explore signing Miles Austin?


In need of a wide receiver, the Seahawks have a few different options — they can sign a free agent or wait for the NFL Draft and select a receiver then.

Either way, the Seahawks could use another wide out to complement Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and right now there are slim pickings in the free agency market.

I still think Seattle’s best option in free agency is Sidney Rice, but there has been some talk that the Seahawks should look at former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler Miles Austin as well.

Austin had a forgettable year last season, catching just 24 passes in 11 games and recording no touchdowns for just the second time in his seven-year career.

But he also has the potential to put up big numbers as he has been known for throughout his career, which has been spent entirely in Dallas.

In his career, Austin has recorded 301 catches for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns.

If the Seahawks miss out on Rice, Austin may be a nice pick-up. Seattle would be wise to give him a short-term deal and see if he just needs a change of scenery to ignite and put up the numbers he did a few years ago.

Like Rice, he would be low-risk, high-reward. And that high reward could be very high if Austin is given the opportunity.

Should the Seahawks try to sign Miles Austin?

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  • RichmondNick

    Why does everyone in Seattle think the Seahawks should sign a WR vs get on out of the deepest WR draft in years!?

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      I think the general consensus is that SEA should do both, but already having signed a bonafide No. 1 and being able to pick up a draft pick when it’s comfortable rather than to have to get one in the first because of pure need is what SEA should do. If the Hawks aren’t in love with who’s available at 32, then they should address the other “need” spot(s), as opposed to “reaching” for a guy because they feel they have to. Pete and John don’t generally think this way anyhow, but if Rice or Austin were in the fold it would make the decision very easy. (Example) Say the Hawks love Cooks and Benjamin as the only No. 1 receivers for this offense this draft. If they’re not available at 32 you switch gears automatically without having to bite your lip over whether your next tier will be there in round two because they’re more of a luxury anyway. On the flip side if you don’t sign anybody now it becomes a scramble to reach into your next group early to make sure you get somebody you can at least live with in a No. 1 type role.

      Personally, I think Rice makes the most sense but I predicted in a post about 3 weeks back that the Hawks would look at Austin before all was said and done on the free agency front. Comeback players seem to thrive in Seattle for a year or two at least.

  • Ron Grummer

    I really don’t see the perceived “need,” at the WR position. I’d be okay with going into the season with the current WR corps. Likewise, TE, DLine, OLine, RB, LB, CB, and Safeties.
    Upgrades and dependable depth are always important especially on both lines and especially versatile position special teams athletes. Our primary need is “Depth.” We’ve lost that, more than anything else since the beginning of last season. Beyond that you are looking for the value freak athlete that slips through the cracks as most teams draft to fill their “needs” in the first few rounds.
    I still think the best first round pick the ‘Hawks could make at 32, is to drop back into the middle of the second round (45-53) and pick up a mid third round pick and maybe a seventh as well.

  • RegisHawk

    In general, the Seahawks will be looking to flesh out their 90-man preseason roster, then let competition bring the best players to the top. Taken from that point of view, Austin would be an ok signing, but not some marquee deal that they need to pursue.

    Specifically, if the Seahawks are going to add one more vet, it would make more sense to get Sid back, as he has experience in our system already, so there would be no learning curve. He has health issues, but I don’t doubt that Austin has some of his own.

  • Diodatto

    I’d rather see Rice come back.