Cowboys release Adams, Hamlin

The Dallas Cowboys announced the release of veteran left tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin today.

Adams, who was the team's second round draft choice (38th overall) out of Michigan State in 1998, earned five Pro Bowl selections in his 12 seasons with the Cowboys. While with the club, he started 178-of-182 games played, missing just four starts as a rookie in 1998 and was placed on Reserve/Injured in 2005 with a torn right ACL after Week Six.

For his career, he also has four blocked extra points and three blocked field goals.

"Having a left tackle of Flozell Adams caliber has been a luxury for the Dallas Cowboys for the past 12 years," Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones said. "That position (left tackle) is one of the most difficult to play and one of the three or four most important spots on an NFL roster.

"Throughout our entire time here with the Cowboys this franchise has been blessed to first have Mark Tuinei and then be able to plug Flozell right in there as a second round pick in 1998.

"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."

Meanwhile, Hamlin, a seven-year NFL veteran, Hamlin spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys where he recorded 268 tackles.

In 2007, he earned his first career Pro Bowl selection, after posting his first career 100-tackle season (102), good for third on the team and recording five interceptions to tie for second on the team and ninth in the league.

He missed four games in 2009 with an ankle injury.

"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," Jones said. "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."

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