UPDATE: Hamlin has been tagged by the Cowboys.
The 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.