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The Los Angeles Rams have traded Tavon Austin and one of their two second round picks to the Dallas Cowboys.

After an electric career at West Virginia, Austin became the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft but thus far hasn't evolved into an impact pro.




Austin was shopped in trades earlier in the offseason and was considered a candidate for release until he agreed to a restructured deal in March. There's now playing time available for Austin, as a wide receiving corps of Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley may be the worst in the NFL. Austin did rush for 53 yards on 12 carries as well. On the ground, Austin is averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Los Angeles simply didn't have a place for Austin to fit in. Austin was a two-time First Team All-American for the Mountaineers, forming part of the core of a deadly West Virginia offense that featured future National Football League players Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey. His role could grow in Dallas, as the Cowboys look to replace former star Dez Bryant.

He restructured his contract to void the remaining three years on his contract, saving them more than $28 million. Dallas fans shouldn't expect him to catch 80 passes or exceed the 1,000-yard mark, but they should expect multiple big plays and a much bigger season than he has had the last few.


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