"We will always be grateful for his outstanding durability, dependability and contributions to this team. I don’t know that you could ask for any more than what Flozell Adams gave to the Dallas Cowboys for 12 seasons."
"Ken Hamlin was a key contributor on a defensive unit that helped the Cowboys win two division championships in his three seasons with the team. He is a smart player who was valuable to us in playing the role of the quarterback in the secondary. We appreciate what he brought to this team—and this defense—as a solid player and a competitor."
Hamlin initially announced the news via his Twitter account:
"I would like to say to all of my fans that I appreciate all the love that you have showed me in Dallas. It was a good run..... Thanks"
Hamlin's agent Kennard McGuire said his client got the news from the Cowboys early Friday morning. He said there are no hard feelings and they are looking forward to testing the free-agent market.
Adams' agent Jordan Woy was informed of the somewhat surprising news this morning by the Cowboys.
Hamlin was scheduled to make $5.596 million this year.
Adams was scheduled to make a $5 million base salary with a $2.5 million roster bonus due in June.
That's a total savings of roughly $13 million in real money for owner Jerry Jones.
This brings the upcoming in NFL Draft more into focus as the Cowboys will most certainly nab an offensive tackle and a safety early in the proceedings with one possibly coming at No. 27 in the first round.
The Cowboys have had three top safeties in for predraft visits this week including Chad Jones of LSU, Nate Allen of South Florida and Morgan Burnett of Georgia Tech. Of course they would jump on Texas' ball hawking safety Earl Thomas if he fell to them at 27.
The only tackles the Cowboys brought for pre-draft visits this week were UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse and Ole Miss guard/tackle John Jerry -- neither are considered first round picks.
Several other tackles also might be available at No. 27. Anthony Davis of Rutgers, Charles Brown of USC and Bruce Campbell of Maryland have all been linked to the Cowboys as possible first-round selections via various mock drafts.