Written by theMBIIIeffect
Having a good left tackle is a necessity in the NFL. Ever since the Cowboys drafted Flozell Adams in the second round of the 1998 draft, Cowboys quarterbacks from Troy Aikman to Drew Henson and Quincy Carter have been fairly safe from their blind side.
But the first few weeks of the 2009 season have been pretty rough for Flozell. He’s already been fined three times for leg whips and personal fouls, and his penalty total is growing exponentially it seems. His four penalties (yes, four penalties) this weekend in a 26-20 overtime win in Kansas City. These penalties often stalled drives and easily could have cost the Cowboys the win.
In February of last year, when Adams was 32, Jerry Jones signed Adams to a 6-year, $43 million-dollar deal.
So, for about $7 million a year, we have an penalty machine at left tackle.
To be fair to Flo’, he has taken proven pass rushers Matthias Kiwanuka, Gaines Adams and Julius Peppers out of the game. He was less fortunate against Elvil Dumervil, but who has had a great game against Dumervil this year?
So what do we do with Flo’?
Trading him isn’t the answer. Jerry Jones wouldn’t get much in return for an aging player and his contract would be a major stumbling block. Maybe the best option would be splitting ways with Flo’ after the season. Perhaps he’d retire.
The most irritating thing about Flo’s big contract is that there may have a budding elite tackle in Doug Free behind Adams on the depth chart.
Free, a former 4th round pick from Northern Illinois, was a huge sleeper pick in the 2007 Draft as Free. Here’s what ESPN analyst Mel Kiper had to say about Free:
“I’ve always been very high on Doug Free. He is a tremendous physical specimen, is very light on his feet for his size, and an explosive run blocker. He has a chance to be a first or second rounder in the 2007 draft.”
Should Free get the starting nod now? No. Be patient with Flozell. If he can fix these penalties, he’ll be one of the better starting tackles in the league. If not, perhaps going to Free is the better move.
Having a $43 million backup would be pretty painful, but not as painful as watching another season slip away.