Cowboys Release Adams, Hamlin
POSTED: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 5:31pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 6:39pm
The Dallas Cowboys have released five-time
Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin two
years after both signed long-term contracts.
Adams was coming off his 12th season and was the longest-tenured
player on the team, having started 178 of his 182 games for Dallas.
All of his Pro Bowl selections came between 2003-08.
"We will always be grateful for his outstanding durability,
dependability and contributions to this team," owner Jerry Jones
said in a statement. "I don't know that you could ask for any more
than what Flozell Adams gave to the Dallas Cowboys for 12
Hamlin was a Pro Bowl pick in 2007, his first season in Dallas
after spending the first four years of his career in Seattle.
"We appreciate what he brought to this team, and this defense,
as a solid player and a competitor," Jones said of Hamlin.
Adams and Hamlin both signed six-year deals through 2013 before
the 2008 season. Adams could have been a free agent then, but never
hit the market before signing his $43 million deal with the
Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round out of Michigan State
Adams, who turns 35 in May, was due a $2.5 million roster bonus
in June and a $5 million base salary for the 2010 season. Hamlin's
base salary this season was to be just over $5.5 million.
Hamlin set career highs with 102 tackles and five interceptions
his first year in Dallas, but his numbers have decreased since
getting his $39 million deal. He had 92 tackles with one
interception in 2008, and 74 tackles with no interceptions last
season, when he missed four games with a high ankle sprain.