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      Cowboys no more: Dallas releases Austin, Ware goes to Denver

      Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware // Press Photo

      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Denver Broncos have agreed to a three-year deal with pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.

      The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal has yet to be announced and is pending a physical.

      Ware was let go Tuesday by Dallas in a salary-cap move. He had a franchise-record 117 sacks for the Cowboys since being drafted in the first round in 2005. He had a career-low six sacks last season and missed games for the first time in his career because of a thigh injury.

      The 31-year-old Ware will play opposite of Von Miller.

      The Broncos have been focusing on defense so far in free agency, signing defensive backs T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib on Tuesday.

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      Miles Austin released from Dallas

      IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Miles Austin on Wednesday, designating it as a June 1 cut.

      By releasing the eight-year veteran, the Cowboys will save about $5.5 million in salary cap space, money they likely will use to sign this year's draft picks.

      Austin joined Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He was a reserve receiver and a kick return specialist for three seasons, but in 2009 became a regular. He set a Cowboys record with 250 yards receiving in his first start, an NFL record. Austin finished that season with 1,320 yards and made the Pro Bowl.

      In 2010, he started all 16 games for the only time in his career and made his second Pro Bowl.

      But injuries have plagued him since, and he started only eight times and missed five games in 2013 because of recurring hamstring problems.