The Dallas Cowboys on designated unrestricted free agent Flozell Adams their franchise player on Thursday afternoon, which gaurantees Adams will be a Cowboy for another year.
By making him their franchise player, the Cowboys agreed to pay Adams a one-year salary in 2002 equal to the average of the five highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL, which is approximately $4.92 million.
Adams was a second round draft pick the 1998 draft out of Michigan State.
Dallas had the option of designating Adams their transition player, which would have meant paying Adams a one-year salary in 2002 equal to the average of the 10 highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL. That would be almost $4.5 million.
By making Adams the franchise player, Dallas will have the right to match any offers made for Adams. In the circumstatence the Cowboys decline to match another team's offer, that team must give Dallas two first-round picks for signing him.
Flozell Adams Designated Franchise Player
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