If offensive lineman Flozell Adams gets the franchise tag, he will cost about $9 million for the 2008 season. All reports are the Dallas Cowboys won’t let Adams become a free agent, which forces them to act by Feb. 21 if they are going to franchise tag him or by Feb. 28 if they are going to sign him. On Feb. 28, he’s a free man.
I’m tied over this because Adams really ticks me off with his false starts. I don’t buy the hearing problem excuse because he is moving before anyone says anything. That has nothing to do with hearing and it has everything to do with mental toughness. If he was getting off the ball slow, then I can understand the hearing excuse. We know he’s not guessing when the ball is snapped. When I played football, I watched the ball and never really paid attention to a snap count.
So, should we sign or franchise Flo? A few Cowboys fans say the Cowboys should sign Flo to a contract with incentives instead of a large base deal. That won’t work because it’s difficult to come up with benchmarks for incentives with an offensive lineman. Protect the quarterback, open holes and don’t hold.
Dallas SHOULD NOT franchise tag Flo because it would take away nearly HALF of the team’s cap room to sign a free agent corner back, safety, running back or offensive lineman.
Pat McQuistan and Doug Free are the backups and I am not sure either are ready to start 16 games.
Flo is not the only free agent the Cowboys need to consider keeping. Ken Hamlin has become a fan favorite and has proven he is a high caliber player.
The point I am trying to make is that in the next few weeks the Cowboys face some very serious decisions that will bring consistency to the team. Or, the decisions will require the Cowboys to encounter some adversity in the coming season.
It’s not easy finding a solid tackle. So did I just answer the question? Sign him to a three-year deal. Don’t franchise him. I’ve lived with the darn penalties for 10 years.