The Dallas Morning News and I are on the same page today because I was wondering why the talk of the Dallas Cowboys signing Ken Hamlin to a long-term deal fizzled.
The New York Jets are spending mad money this offseason. They just signed safety Kerry Rhodes to a five-year, $33.5 million contract. That comes with a huge $20 million guaranteed. As DMN mentions, Colts safety Bob Sanders got $37.5 million on a five year deal with the same $20 million guaranteed.
Ken Hamlin’s agent did have discussions with the Cowboys brass about a contract recently. The Cowboys gave Hamlin with the franchise tag, which guarantees him about $4.4 million. But those contract talks went nowhere and the rumors sort of faded out of the blogosphere.
But safeties keep on getting hefty contracts.
Further complicating matters are the deals copped by new Viking Madieu Williams (six years, $33 million) and Raider Gibril Wilson (six years, $39 million) this offseason.The bottom line is that it won’t be easy to get a deal done. The Cowboys would have to spend big, and that’s with guys like Terence Newman and DeMarcus Ware in the running for bank-breaking bonanzas.
All thinking about this does is reveal how serious of a problem the Cowboys will have in the next year, with big-name players up for contract renewals or extensions. We haven’t even discussed Terrell Owens yet, but I think we need to.
Hamlin was a solid free agent pickup last year. He made the Pro Bowl and surprised many of us. When I originally blogged on his signing, I was worried that the Cowboys picked another hard-hitting safety who may have some coverage problems on the deep passes. But Hamlin really didn’t have many glaring problems this past season. The DMN suggests Dallas select Miami S Kenny Phillips and groom him to take over the job in 2009. I am not sure that is a good idea because we’re sort of trying to fix a record that’s not broken. Plus, I think the Washington Redskins may select Phillips ahead of us, so he won’t even be there. Unless, of course, we trade up…with the Deadskins? Hell no!
So the question remains: does Hamlin deserve a $40 million, 5 year contract?