Dolphins Safety Issue Close To Over?


Both Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin have been released.

Correction: Bill Parcells had left the Cowboys by the time Ken Hamlin joined the team.  He was with Sparano, Ireland, and Knowles for one season in Dallas.

The Miami Dolphins have been trying to find a safety since the start of free agency.  They have had no luck.  It has been apparent that the team will be looking to the draft for their 2010 starter.  Now that vacancy may be closer to being filled.

According to a report from the Cowboys beat writer, Todd Archer, the Boyz’ are close to releasing FS Ken Hamlin.

Hamlin made no significant impacts in 2009 and really hasn’t done much since Bill Parcells and company left Texas.  Still, he is a viable option that won’t cost too much money and a player that is already familiar with the coaching staff in Miami.  He could provide a veteran starter until a rookie can be broken in.

It will also the Dolphins to wait until rounds two or three before addressing the position should a stellar player like Taylor Mays or Eric Berry are not there at the 12th pick.  The Dolphins can now afford to address another need, should they pick up Hamlin of course.

Hamlin “tweeted” that he will be released soon and the Dolphins will not likely put in a claim for him as he is due 6 million this season, that however doesn’t bar Miami from claiming him and re-working his deal.

This may also open the possibility of the team getting involved in a trade down the Cowboys.  The Boyz are said to be targeting a FS in this year draft at the 27 spot.  A jump from 27 is very expensive according to the oft used NFL draft chart.  The 12 spot carries a 1200 point slot while 27 is listed as 650.

A deeper look into a swap of round 1 picks could net the Phins an extra 1 the 2011 draft, or perhaps a player plus another draft pick.  The Cowboys have yet to open talks with WR Miles Austin so his name would likely get play in any trade talks.

For those of you wondering when something like this could get done, it wouldn’t even be mentioned until the Dolphins were on the clock an the Cowboys could see who was available at the position.  But don’t rule out the possibility of them speaking about the subject.

Trade speculation aside, the release of Ken Hamlin would give the Dolphins a familiar face to put back in the secondary.  It would give Sparano someone to trust and new DC Mike Nolan someone to rely on to help coach up the youngsters.  In my opinion, Hamlin would be a solid addition to bridge a gap and fill a gaping hole.

In other NFL news the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles have completed a trade.

The Browns acquired LB Chris Gocong and CB Sheldon Brown for LB Alex Hall and a 4th and 5th round pick.  The fact that the Browns now have Gocong will mean they will not target LB early in the draft in rounds 1 and 2.  Picking 7th overall and now have LB a non-priority seems to point to them taking  FS Eric Berry if they don’t go QB.

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  • Jay

    This would be a good move for the Dolphins to get Hamlin. Even by some miracle if they do acquire Eric Berry in the draft, he would provide a solid backup. He’s not a big drop off from Ryan Clark who Dolphins failed to sign.

  • TIMZ

    I’d rather see OLB Bobby Carpenter go to the Dolphins than Miles Austin.

    • Txmedic5

      I would have two years ago, but honestly, I think Miles would be awesome for Chad Henne. He is still learning. At the same time, I don’t think that Miles has reached his potential yet and that is a plus and a negative as he may never reach it. I’m not sure Carp has that much more to give honestly.

  • luke

    trading down with dallas would be sweet. i dont see dallas giving up miles but if that was to happen i would be one happy boy. if not how about recieving marcus spears (6’4 309 50 tackels 2.5 sacks.)in return for the swap. almost identical to fergie. dallas had him at DE but i feel he can play DT. BP drafted him the same year as he did demarkus ware. good value or not.

  • thedude

    Why would miami waste their time with an average at best safety? They can probably find a better safety within their own organisation.

  • dashall

    One thing about the Cowboys is that Jerry Jones likes to make a splashes. He likes to be seen as a mover and shaker and we could probably make a deal with him on draft day. But Miles Austin won’t be in any deal. The Boys would be stupid to trade him away.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    any of you boys heard the trade rumors of marion barber coming to miami along with swapping that #27 for the #12?

    • Brian Miller

      That’s not a rumor. It’s a misconstrued taken out of context comment based on something entirely different. Trust me. I am the one who told TLH about some information. That apparently has spread all over the place in a way it was never mentioned.

  • squidmd

    I would rather see them sign Sharper. We need a leader in the defensive backfield where Sharper would be outstanding and Hamlin would not be the leader we need back there. I also like the idea of trading down for more picks THIS YEAR. It should be easier to trade down this year with the variety of players available and still get an immediate impact player.

  • Matthew

    I believe Hamlin was acquired by Dallas after Parcells left. There’s no reason to think they’d want him. They have looked at Reshad Jones, so if Earl Thomas isn’t selected at #12, Jones seems a solid shot in the 3rd (or Chad Jones, Nate Allen, etc. if he is off the boards).

  • squidmd

    I still think they should sign Sharper and go NT and OLB in the first two rounds. Let Clemons and Culver learn from one of the best in Sharper. They could go after a FS project in the later rounds like:

    FS Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, UTEP Height: 6-2. Weight: 205
    FS Jordan Lake, Baylor Height: 6-2. Weight: 205

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i don’t see dallas trading miles austin, but say barber, crayton, spears/de, carpenter/lb, and that #27 (not all of them, but some sort of combination) to move to the 12 spot? what do you guys think of the possiblities?