It appears that the Cowboys will use their franchise tag this offseason on left tackle Flozell Adams, who would be free on the open market at the end of the month. If Dallas does place the tag on him, it will ensure him a one-year salary of $9 million for the 2008 season. The Cowboys can sit and wait till February 21st to decide if they want to put the tag on Adams, who played for the NFC in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
The Star-Telegram is reporting that the Cowboys may be looking at this as simply a stop gap on the line as they would pay Adams the $9 mil while at the same time groom his replacement through the 2008 season. They could though with Adams in tow for 08 look to sign him to a long-term deal, but that would be costly and it may be in their best interest to keep him around just the one season and then allow him to test the free agent market in the 2009 season.
Whatever the Cowboys do, don’t look for them to simply let Adams walk. The two sides will either work for a long-term deal before free agency, or they will put the tag on him and keep him around for the 2008 season.