There was a time when we all thought Dallas Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin was on his way to a longterm deal with the team after a very surprising Pro Bowl season in 2007-08. Jerry Jones has been signing checks throughout the offseason, and he’s been able to secure a team for the first time in many years–a team that has a chance to win Super Bowls (and I used the plural use of the word on purpose).
But time is running out for Hamlin and the Cowboys, and the drought could cause some early fracturing of team chemistry. The deadline to sign Hamlin is Tuesday. Without a longterm deal, Hamlin plays for one year at $4.4 million. But the problem is he may not touch the field.
Hamlin may hold out. And if he does, we can only assume it is because of his greedy agent, Kennard McGuire. See, McGuire smells money.
He just helped haggle the Lions into paying a record seven-year, $49 million contract with $16 million in guarantees, including $13 million in signing bonus and roster guarantees, for defensive tackle Corey Redding. Yes, the guy who had eight sacks for the Detroit Lions is now the highest-paid defensive tackle in the game, thanks to McGuire’s “skills.”
Such record-breaking dough bodes poorly for the Cowboys, who spent wild money to sign Tony Romo, Terence Newman, Jay Ratliff, and Marion Barber.
Can the Cowboys afford Hamlin? How much is McGuire demanding for the first-time Pro Bowler, who if you read all of the reviews before the 2007-08 season, certainly overachieved with the Cowboys. It’s these types of deals that make or break teams. Is he worth it or is he an overachiever who may crash? This is an important question to answer because the Cowboys have had historic problems in the secondary since the last Super Bowl win in 1995. With Adam Jones on board and a highly paid Newman, the track has been laid to hopefully reverse that disheartening trend. But the Hamlin Freeze could slow the train’s speed just enough to derail the Cowboys.
Let’s hope something positive comes out of this.