After a very quiet start to the free agency period, the Cowboys decided to do some house cleaning of their own on Friday. The Cowboys released 12-year veteran LT Flozell Adams and FS Ken Hamlin today.
Adams came to the Cowboys in 1998 as a second round draft pick. He took the reigns from another Cowboy great in Mark Tuinei and held the position for 12 seasons. Adams, 35, has played very well for the Cowboys and might even be considered the best left-tackle they have had. His release means that it is likely T Doug Free will step in as the starter. Free played most of the season at right tackle last year when he filled in for Marc Colombo. The Cowboys have much confidence in Free and that might have led to the decision to get younger at the position.
The Cowboys also cut ties with FS Ken Hamlin. Hamlin came to Dallas in 2008 and played solid for the Cowboys after signing an initial 1 year deal. The Cowboys liked what they saw and offered Hamlin a 6-year, $39 million dollar contract. Hamlin was in only the second year of the deal. He is due $1 million in guaranteed money. The Cowboys are looking for more playmaking at the position and will turn to Pat Watkins, Alan Ball, or second year man Mike Hamlin.
With these recent cuts, the Cowboys have opened up some draft needs. Now we will see if they stay silent and look to answer in the draft or if they have some free agents in mind, maybe both.