The Cowboys cut Austin in March in a salary-cap move after he caught just 24 passes for 244 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games last season.
After the draft, Dallas coach Jason Garrett did not rule out the possible return of Austin, but it was always unlikely. Since Josh Gordon, Cleveland's leading receiver in 2013, might be suspended for the season, the Browns needed help at wide receiver and added Austin.
From 2006 to 2013, Austin caught 301 passes for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns for the Cowboys. He holds the franchise record for most yards in a game (250) and had 14 100-yard games. Austin made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010. He caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009 after taking over as the starter in the fifth game of the season. He caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards in 2010.
The Cowboys signed him to a six-year, $54 million deal in 2010, but recurring hamstring injuries kept Austin from maintaining his form. He missed six games in 2011 and five games in 2013 with hamstring injuries. He played in every game in 2012 and had 66 catches for 943 yards and six scores, but he was not 100 percent.