The Cowboys released veteran OT Flozell Adams and veteran S Ken Hamlin on Friday.
"There are two other things that are very impressive about Flozell," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement announcing the moves. "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."
Regarding Hamlin, Jones said, "Ken Hamlin was a key contributor on a defensive unit that helped the Cowboys win two division championships in his three seasons with the team. He is a smart player who was valuable to us in playing the role of the quarterback in the secondary. We appreciate what he brought to this team-and this defense-as a solid player and a competitor."
It's likely that the decisions to release the two were financial ones. Adams was scheduled to make a $5 million base salary with a $2.5 million roster bonus due in June. Hamlin was scheduled to make $5.596 million this season.
It's now expected that the Cowboys will be looking to select an offensive tackle and a safety early in this year's draft. Their first pick is No. 27 in the first round.
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