Source: Tavon Austin Has Interest from Four NFL Teams, Wants To Play for The Eagles

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I got a decent amount of pushback from a story I wrote last week floating the idea of bringing Tavon Austin to Philadelphia.

The Rams are releasing the receiver/runner/returner two seasons after signing him to a four-year, $42 million deal. He was due eight million this season and has largely underwhelmed while playing with seven different quarterbacks, two different head coaches, and three different offensive coordinators in two different cities. That’s not to absolve him of his subpar performances since 2013, but you can’t tell me that the constant shuffling didn’t have something to do with it… right? You try starting your career with Jeff Fisher, Sam Bradford, Kellen Clemens, and Austin Davis.

A league source reached out to Crossing Broad a few days after the story went up, explaining that Austin has had contact with the Texans, Steelers, Jets and Ravens. Of those four teams, Austin would prefer to sign with the Texans, but reportedly has high interest in playing for the Eagles. The Birds, however, have not been in contact.

I explained in the article how I think Austin would be a nice Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner combination replacement, a guy who I think can provide different looks offensively and give you some bite in the return game. If Torrey Smith is released and Mack Hollins gets a bigger role next year, you can do worse than Austin as your WR4 and punt/kick guy at a minimal salary, maybe a one-year “prove it” deal a la Alshon Jeffery. I really have no clue what his value is on the open market.

If Tavon ends up in Houston, he’s looking at having some stability with Deshaun Watson running the show for years to come, assuming Watson can stay healthy. He would probably find success on the Steelers, though their quarterback future looks foggy. I’d stay away from New York and Baltimore, though Austin did play high school ball literally 2.4 miles from the Ravens’ stadium.

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15 Responses

  1. not worth the cash it would take to get him. Bad ROI. He’d only be worth it at the veteran minimum and some team is going to be dumb enough to pay him well north of that.

  2. the answer is no…

    10.5 million for a punt retruning, reverse running specialists, um no! There is no upside here, nor is it good to even think about

    1. bruh.. no one is paying Tavon Austin 10.5 million

      let me refer you to the part of the story that you obviously didn’t read:

      “…you can do worse than Austin as your WR4 and punt/kick guy at a minimal salary, maybe a one-year “prove it” deal a la Alshon Jeffery. I really have no clue what his value is on the open market.”

  3. The highschool high light reel being dominate against 17 year olds really changed my mind. Give him a 1 year deal then franchise tag him for the next two years. See how stupid I sound

    1. dude it was a reference to the last line in the article about him growing up down the street from the Ravens’ stadium

      you really think I’m trying to sell people on his high school highlight reel? get a clue jabroni

  4. You know who I would like to fill that Barner/Sproles role? Kenjon Barner. I don’t understand what Austin gives you that Barner wouldn’t?

  5. “A league source reached out to Crossing Broad a few days after the story went up…..”

    Lmfao

  6. A league source reached out to Crossing Broad a few days after the story went up, explaining that Austin has had contact with the Texans, Steelers, Jets and Ravens.

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