Cowboys tag Hamlin; Adams becomes free agent

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have designated Ken Hamlin their franchise player, locking up the Pro Bowl safety through at least next season, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter.

As a result, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Flozell Adams will become a free agent. The move essentially means Hamlin has a one-year contract at the average base salary of the top five safeties in the NFL: $4.396 million. It also keeps the unrestricted free agent off the market and extends the window to negotiate a long-term contract.

Hamlin made his first Pro Bowl during the Cowboys' 13-3 season. He finished with 62 tackles and five interceptions, one behind team leader Anthony Henry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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