Monday, March 1, 2010
Which veterans should the Cowboys cut?
By Calvin Watkins
Veteran players get cut all the time in the NFL and the Cowboys are faced with some serious decisions regarding some of them.
"I think we could have some of that when we’re through with our evaluations," team VP Stephen Jones said of moving older players out for younger ones. "We have young players who at some point, you need to let some of those guys play.’’
Last year, the Cowboys made significant moves with veteran players cutting Terrell Owens, Greg Ellis, Roy Williams, Zach Thomas and Tank Johnson.
This year, players such as left tackle Flozell Adams, safety Ken Hamlin and guard Kyle Kosier could be on the chopping block.
Adams, who turns 35 in May, is due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June and his base salary for 2010 is $5 million. His replacement is 26-year old Doug Free, who was impressive enough at right tackle, for the injured Marc Colombo, last year to possibly move him over.
The other change is at safety with Ken Hamlin coming off an average year.
Hamlin was one of the highest paid safeties in the game in 2009 and he picked a bad time to have a high-ankle sprain and not produce enough plays on the ball. This season, Hamlin gets paid $5.59 million in a base salary, but Alan Ball played pretty good last year in Hamlin's spot.
Left guard Kyle Kosier is in the last year of his deal, paying him $2.9 million this year. The Cowboys would love to get younger at the guard position. However, Kosier is only 31, he turns 32 in November.
Kosier is one of the offensive lines steadiest players, and its a surprise he's even thought of this way.
“That’s the freest Kosier has been with injury," Jerry Jones, alluding to Kosier's leg injury of 2008. "That’s the concern, and that’s probably the main reason I’m talk about it."
If you cut Kosier, that means you drafted a guard that can take over or think Cory Procter or Duke Preston has a chance to start.