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To Franchise or Not to Franchise?

The common belief going around sports sites, to include this one, is the Cowboys could place the dreaded franchise tag on Flozell Adams. At first glance it might sound like a good idea, it gets him signed and the Cowboys won’t have to worry about him for an entire season; but it’ll cost the Cowboys 9 mil out of their 16 mil cap space. So is it really worth it?

Over the years the Cowboys have used the franchise tag very sparingly. A look around the league at the beginning of the season shows plenty of reason why some teams opt not to use their franchise tag at all. It seems every year a good majority of the players who get franchised decide to holdout through training camp. While most players opt to go ahead and play when the season starts, their initial holdout can set teams back.

In Flozell’s case he may not hold out at all, but a one year deal worth 9 mil is more than half of the Dallas Cowboys 2008 cap space, which I suppose could be fine if he were the only person the Cowboys were worried about signing; the simple truth is he isn’t. Not considering that Safety Ken Hamlin is still a free agent, RB Marion Barber a restricted free agent, and so many of us want Terrence Newman signed to a contract extension, oh and don’t forget the 2008 NFL draft.

While Flozell being franchised might be a far cry, Ken Hamlin being franchised is actually plausible. Franchising Ken Hamlin would likely cost the Cowboys a little more than 4.396 mil and would keep Hamlin in a Cowboys uniform for at least one more season. As I eluded to earlier, however, is that franchising could be more trouble than it’s worth. If someone is believed to be so unexpendable that a team would franchise them to keep them on the team one more season, than they might just go ahead and consider signing them to a long term deal and not deal with the problems that usually come with the tag.

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