Cowboys Franchise Hamlin; Leave Adams Out to Dry

Ken Hamlin

On Thursday the Dallas Cowboys FS Ken Hamlin was hit with the franchise tag to the payment of $4.396 million, the average salary of the five highest paid players at Hamlin’s position.  This signing comes after the Cowboys signed Hamlin to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million in March of 2006.  Hamlin was the Cowboys’ first franchise tagged player since Flozell Adams in 2002. 

Hamlin excelled in his first season with the Cowboys secondary after a dismal Cowboys’ secondary effort in 2006.  His sportsmanship and playmaking abilities boosted the play of SS Roy Williams and shot Hamlin into his first Pro Bowl.  Hamlin also posted career bests in 2007 with 102 tackles and 5 interceptions.  In fact, Hamlin’s tag might be a ticket out for longtime veteran and Pro Bowl LT Flozell Adams, who would’ve cost the Cowboys a $9 million franchise tag.  But expect Adams to resign if the Cowboys are willing to pay that money in guarantee or partly in signing bonuses. 

Cowboys RT Marc Colombo, who wants to redo  and better his contract before 2008, has given his word to the Dallas Morning News on signing Adams: “Show me a better tackle.  I think he’s the best pass-blocking left tackle in all of football. I’m hoping they do (re-sign him), because he’s a good friend of mine and it keeps the offensive line together. He’s the only one now that’s free.”

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