Tick, tick, tick...the countdown to April 17 continues and still no offer from the Jets to Miles Austin. What does that mean? Not really anything at this point. The Jets have supposedly given Austin a verbal commitment to make an offer in the next few days according to the New Jersey Star Ledger. So the wait continues. The Jets have had several wide receiver draft prospects visiting their facilities so they may be trying to decide if they want to draft a top end receiver, roll the dice on Miles Austin, or possibly both.
I still expect the Cowboys to match any offer for Miles Austin unless the Jets are willing to overpay or put the dreaded "poison pill" stipulation to use in the contract offer. The impact this plays on the draft plans of the Cowboys can't be overstated. They will either go in draft armed with two 2nd round picks (one from the Jets) in dire need of a wide receiver or they'll be looking for a complementary speed/returner type receiver as a best available option if Austin stays with Dallas.
Update: According to Matt Mosley of ESPN.com, Miles Austin told him that he expects to hear something one way or the other from the Jets by the middle of the week. (4/13/09 7:15 PM)
Update #2: According to the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Jets have not made an offer to Miles Austin yet. They are still debating over whether they want to give up their second round pick. (4/13/09 8:25 PM)
Update #3: According to Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News the Jets interest in Miles Austin is officially "dead". (4/13/09 9:25 PM)