Taking Out Some Insurance
The Ravens are taking out some additional insurance to the secondary with the signing of safety Ken Hamlin. The former pro bowl Dallas Cowboy safety was signed Thursday to a one year deal as reported by the www.baltimoreravens.com. The team has already signed cornerback Travis Fisher for added depth in the secondary. The moves come as there are some question marks as to the availability of the starters. Safety Ed Reed is recuperating from a hip procedure and Lardarius Webb (knee), as well as Fabian Washington (knee) are making progress, yet there is no guarantee they will be one-hundred percent ready for the beginning of the season. Along with adding depth, Hamlin’s leadership and experience should be an asset to the secondary.
Hamlin, 29 years old, 6 foot 2, 209 pounds, is “known as a hard hitter and ‘a quarterback in the secondary,’ ” as described by the baltimoresun.com. Hamlin, was the starting safety for the Dallas Cowboys the past three seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007. His numbers decreased the past two years and was released by Dallas.
An interesting coincidence is that the Ravens have acquired four players from the NFC this off-season, DT Corey Redding, WR Anquan Boldin, CB Travis Fisher and S Ken Hamlin. Coach Harbaugh’s NFL coaching roots were with the NFC Philadelphia Eagles.
2003 – 2007 Seattle Seahawks
Entered the NFL Draft his junior season and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks. Second round, 42nd overall. As a rookie he played 14 of 16 games.
“In his first career start against the New Orleans Saints on September 7, he recorded five tackles and gained national attention after knocking off Donte’ Stallworth’s helmet on a hit over the middle.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Hamlin
2007 – 2010 Dallas Cowboys
In his first season (2007) with the Cowboys he earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Started all 16 games at free safety recording 102 tackles, 5 interceptions and 14 pass break-ups.
In his second year with Dallas he compiled 92 tackles, three pass break-ups, one interception and one sack.
Current NFL Career Totals:
Solo tackles: 375, Assists 111
Forced Fumbles: 5
For a detailed list of Hamlin’s NFL statistics visit: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HamlKe20.htm
College: University of Arkansas
Hamlin played in 36 games finishing with 381 tackles (221 solo), breaking the school record of 367 tackles by Cliff Powell (1967-69).
Became the first player in school history to record more than 100 tackles in a season three times.
Became the first freshman and only the second defensive back to lead the school in tackles, recording 104 (57 solo).