Dallas Ponders Tagging Hamlin

UPDATE:  Hamlin has been tagged by the Cowboys.

Ken Hamlin - ApThe NFL Combines are moving along with NFL Network coverage slated to begin in force on Saturday.  While the team reps meet with agents, each other, and players, they will also be trying to shore up their teams with their own expected to depart free agents.  As the case seems to be with Dallas Cowboy Pro-Bowl Safety, Ken Hamlin.

Should Hamlin hit the free agent market, it is assumed that the Miami Dolphins would pluck him up in a nano-second after midnight on the 29th.  Both secondary coach Todd Bowles and DC Paul Pasqualoni are very familiar with the young stud Safety who signed a 1 year 2.5 million deal last year.  He responded with 102 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 14 passes defensed.  The question is will he hit the market?

According to the Star-Telegram in Ft. Worth, the Cowboys are considering that tag that carries a guaranteed one year salary of just over 4 million while they try and negotiate a long term deal.

I believe that Hamlin is a real prospect for the Dolphins this off-season should he become available.  The Phins need a bonafide leader at safety while hoping that Jason Allen continues to improve.  Hamlin can help that progress.  With so many needs on the team, Hamlin would almost be a luxory as he is only now coming into his prime, and 3 or 4 years from now, he very well could be the best safety in the league…at about the time the Dolphins should be serious contenders again for the playoffs.

Even if the Cowboys don’t franchise Hamlin, they are still in contact with his agent and are working on a long term contract.  Today is the first hurdle for the safety.  If he escapes today, the ball is in his court in terms of whether he decides to test the market.

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  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    He’d be a good pickup if they don’t tag him but at what cost..?

  • http://www.miamidolphins.co.uk Shady

    Moot point now.  "Taken from PFT: POSTED 2:05 p.m. EST, February 21, 2008COWBOYS TAG HAMLIN With the deadline for using the franchise tag looming at 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, the Cowboys have used theirs on safety Ken Hamlin, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network. Hamlin signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys last year during free agency. He started in every game, and had a career-high five interceptions. The move might have been prompted in part by the decision of the Vikings to cut safety Dwight Smith, since the Vikings might have pursued Hamlin aggressively in free agency. The use of the tag on Hamlin also means that left tackle Flozell Adams will become an unrestricted free agent.

  • Deof Movestofca

    It’s pretty much a win-win deal for the Dolphins. It’s likely that if they hadn’t tagged Hamlin, they would have Adams instead and Miami would have been able to go after only one of them anyway. And there are probably more good DB on the market (well, at least those who would provide an upgrade over what the ‘Phins already have) than there are OL, especially at OT.