The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas to a one year deal worth approximately 3 million dollars. It is expected that Thomas will compete with Akin Ayodele for the starting job come training camp. AKin Ayodele’s performance in the latter half of the season came into question as both his presense and tackles diminished as the season wore on. It is also no secret that Dallas coach Wade Phillips loves Zach Thomas and strongly believes he is still capable of playing at a Pro Bowl level. Thomas was offered a contract by both the Patriots and Saints before deciding to sign with Dallas this morning. Texas native Thomas also grew up a Cowboys fan.
According to several NFL sources, Pro Bowl safety, Ken Hamlin has been designated with the franchise tag by the Dallas Cowboys.
Ken Hamlin is coming off of a fine season in which he established himself as a force in the secondary and earned Pro Bowl honors in the process. It was believed that after the season the Cowboys would sign the 27-year old to a long term deal, but that still may happen despite the franchise designation.
There was some speculation that Flozell Adams may have gotten the tag instead so that the Cowboys could keep the 33-year old tackle on a one-year deal rather than giving him a longer term deal. However that speculation ended when it became apparent that the team would have had to pay him about $9 million dollars for the season.
Hamlin will be paid $4.4 million next season.
Players who are designated franchise players receive a salary that is the average of the top five players at their position.
The bottom line is we have Ken Hamlin in the fold and that’s a good thing!
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