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02 Apr 2010

Cowboys Cut Flozell Adams, Ken Hamlin

Whoa. The Cowboys have released starting left tackle Flozell Adams and starting safety Ken Hamlin.

Both made the Pro Bowl in 2007, while Adams made the Pro Bowl in 2008 as well.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 02 Apr 2010

20 comments, Last at 05 Apr 2010, 10:29am by Kevin from Philly


by Justin Tuck (not verified) :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 12:56pm

Who's a nobody now?

by Arson55 :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 1:10pm

Alright so unless something happens, Doug Free is the starting left tackle for the Cowboys. And I have no problem with that.

by andrew :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 1:29pm

Neither does Jared Allen....

by alexbond :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 1:13pm

Why no Shaun Rodgers XP? Best football story of the off-season! Tries to bring a loaded gun on a plane? What on earth was he thinking?

by Marko :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 3:58pm

That he was Barry Switzer?

by Theo :: Sun, 04/04/2010 - 6:58am

You know, in case SOMEONE ELSE brings a loaded gun to the plane...

by Tim Wilson :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 1:27pm

Excellent career for the Hotel in Dallas. Makes sense that he has to go, though-- aging and costs a lot of money, and Free looks like a good young player.

Colombo on the other side isn't getting any younger, though, and he was the major liability in the playoff loss, not Flozell.

by Gubdude :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 1:36pm

Yea. Once Adams left the game things got very ugly for the offensive line. Although matching Jason Witten on Jared Allen was a pretty stupid move.

by tuluse :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 4:47pm

Hard to be a liability when you're not in the game

by tuluse :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 4:48pm

My impression was that all the dirty plays Flozell got caught doing this past year was him trying to mask a lack of athleticism.

by Arson55 :: Sat, 04/03/2010 - 1:13am

Indeed. Adams was not a dirty player, not really. He just couldn't perform as well anymore and was trying not to be a liability.

by Jmagik (not verified) :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 4:52pm

(a) Flozell is a broken down shell of his former self... can barely bend his knees and resorted to a lot of dirty, embarassing plays of late. False starts outpacing pancakes now (except for the edible kind).
(b) We have no one even remotely as good at LT as he is/will be for 1 more season. Our whole offense fell apart when he went out vs. the Vikes. Witten and Free combined couldn't handle Allen. Granted, he's a premier pass rusher, but no one should collapse that way with TE help. Free also got abused by Ray Edwards occasionally.
(c) I hope we trade up and draft an elite LT. Maybe we could get rid of Roy.

by Temo :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 4:59pm

"On Adams: "Having a left tackle of Flozell Adams caliber has been a luxury for the Dallas Cowboys for the past 12 years. That position (left tackle) is one of the most difficult to play and one of the three or four most important spots on an NFL roster. Throughout our entire time here with the Cowboys this franchise has been blessed to first have Mark Tuinei and then be able to plug Flozell right in there as a second round pick in 1998.

"I have never experienced what it is like to have a team that doesn't enjoy excellent play at the left tackle position. When we first selected Flozell, we thought we would move Larry Allen to left tackle, but that never happened because Flo was able to step right in and play at a high level very early on in his career. We just put him in there and never looked back.

"There are two other things that are very impressive about Flozell. Two things that a lot of people might not know. First, he cares very much about the game and has tremendous dedication to his profession. He approached every day with the Cowboys with a deep sense of personal pride in himself and the job he did. He was always prepared. Second, he is simply one of the most intelligent players we have ever had with this organization in the past 21 years.

"We will always be grateful for his outstanding durability, dependability and contributions to this team. I don't know that you could ask for any more than what Flozell Adams gave to the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons.''"

Touche. Been a good ride.

by towishimp (not verified) :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 5:53pm

Geeze, who's that long quotation by? Sounds like a eulogy, complete with the obligatory glossing over of faults and exagguration of best qualities.

by Temo :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 6:51pm

Heh, who else? Jerry Jones.

But he really has been great. Under-appreciated, even.

by Rick B. (not verified) :: Fri, 04/02/2010 - 11:01pm

Somewhere, Justin Tuck and Trent Cole are uncorking a bottle of champagne.

by Jimmy :: Sun, 04/04/2010 - 11:55am

Where are all the comments about Ken Hamlin? He was a Pro Bowler two years ago.

by C (not verified) :: Sun, 04/04/2010 - 9:08pm

Ken Hamlin is also a thug that got hit in the head with a street sign during a bar fight when he was in Seattle.

It's part of the Dallas dirty player clean up. Last year they dumped Terrell and Pac-Man, this year they drop Flozel "Hotel" the human penalty machine LT, and Ken Hamlin.

by DeltaWhiskey :: Mon, 04/05/2010 - 7:09am

Why is no-one catastrophizing the damage this will do to their year-to-year offensive line continuity score?

by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:29am

Wow, that might be my favorite new internet word of the year.