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 07-12-2008, 11:58 AM         #1601
Deuce Black  OP
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 texasplayboy_23 said:
I didn't even know Cleveland had a professional football team.

I know right, Everytime I read the playoff brackets I never saw such a team in existance


 07-12-2008, 12:56 PM         #1602
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 BadAzzYelloGirl said:
I like the Cowboys.........too bad they're going to start 0-1. Cleveland is going to whoop that a.ss and make a statement........can't wait.


Go Brownies!!
Quick, whip out a tit and I'll take it easy on you.:)
 07-12-2008, 08:58 PM         #1603
Deuce Black  OP
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 texasplayboy_23 said:




Quick, whip out a tit and I'll take it easy on you.:)
 9 years ago '05        #1604
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Got Ken Hamlin locked up!! :applause: 6 years, 39 mill :applause:
 9 years ago '05        #1605
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 BoSox84 said:
Got Ken Hamlin locked up!! :applause: 6 years, 39 mill :applause:
Good. Now all that's left is Canty and Ware. Ware is going to break the motherfu*king bank.
 07-16-2008, 02:17 AM         #1606
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 BoSox84 said:
Got Ken Hamlin locked up!! :applause: 6 years, 39 mill :applause:
Yessir!:applause:


Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
July 15, 2008 2:13 PM

Safe Bet
Hamlin's Gamble Pays Off With New Six-Year Contract


IRVING, Texas - Some 16 months ago, safety Ken Hamlin made a tough decision, one that many players in his position try to avoid.

But Hamlin took the "less is more" approach, and when he wasn't getting the type of contract he was seeking as an unrestricted free agent, he decided to sign just a one-year deal with the Cowboys back in March of 2007.

In a way, Hamlin was betting on himself. He was hoping that the opportunity to showcase his skills would ultimately reward him with a new contract.

While it might have taken longer than expected, Hamlin's big payoff occurred Tuesday when the Cowboys gave him a six-year, $39 million contract.

"It's definitely something I wanted to get done and I'm glad we got it out of the way before we got started," Hamlin said Tuesday afternoon while he was in Los Angeles. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I was hoping for the best. I let them know that I wanted to be here. I was definitely hoping for the best and I'm glad it worked out. Now, I'm just ready for football."

By getting the deal completed, the Cowboys just beat an NFL-mandated deadline of 3 p.m. (CDT) that would've prevented Hamlin from signing a multi-year deal until after the 2008 season. So had Hamlin not signed a new contract, he would've played for the one-year, $4.396 million franchise tender the Cowboys gave him back in late February.

But the new deal not only lowers Hamlin's salary-cap hit to $2.105 million for this season, but gives the safety the long-term stability he was searching for all along.

The deal guarantees Hamlin $15 million, including a $9 million signing bonus, making him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL.

And that was important to Hamlin, especially after watching other safeties with less pedigree receive high-priced contracts this off-season.

The negotiations for Hamlin's deal were certainly altered when Oakland signed former Giants safety Gibril Wilson to a similar six-year, $39 million deal and the Jets signed Kerry Rhodes to a five-year, $33.5 million contract.

Neither Rhodes nor Wilson have made a Pro Bowl, while Hamlin made his first appearance in February after he recorded 102 tackles and five interceptions in his first season with the Cowboys.

"I think they did a great job of getting some great deals," Hamlin said of Wilson and Rhodes. "Not to be c*cky, but I consider myself one of the top safeties in this league. In order to say that, you have to be compensated as one of the top players. But we got all that behind us now and we can move on to the next thing, which is training camp."

Hamlin, a second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2003, played four years in Seattle before signing the one-year deal with the Cowboys last season as an unrestricted free agent.

"Yeah, it worked out. It was somewhat of taking a chance but I knew I had to prove myself for them to realize that I can play the game at a certain level," Hamlin said. "I want to make sure they see that player at a consistent level."

The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Hamlin back in late February. But since the fifth-year safety never signed the tender, he did not participate in any of the team's off-season activities, including four weeks of OTA (organized team activity) practices or the three-day mini-camp in June. And since Hamlin was not technically under contract, he was not subject to a fine for missing the mandatory mini-camp.

"It was definitely tough. I wanted to be involved with the guys," Hamlin said of missing time. "It was a tough decision to make. But I'm glad it's over now."

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips called Hamlin the quarterback of the defense last year, and said he expects Hamlin to return to the starting lineup as the free safety.

Hamlin showed his playful side when asked what kind of shape he's in as training camp is set to begin on July 25 in Oxnard, Calif.

"Oh, I've been getting fat and sloppy," he joked. "No, I've been working hard. My first thing is just to get back in the (play)book and just learning the defense again. I just need to get the communication down so we're all on the same page."

But Hamlin said he's not too worried about being on the same page with his teammates, especially now that he's on the same page with team management.

And he's not the only one to cash in this summer. Since just before the start of free agency, the Cowboys have reached long-term contracts with several Pro Bowl players, including Flozell Adams, Marion Barber, Terence Newman and Terrell Owens.

"I was just waiting for my turn. I'm glad those guys got their deals done," Hamlin said. "They're great athletes and we're going to need them. I'm glad they're going to be a part of this team for a long time."

And while it took some time, it now appears that Hamlin will be around for a while, too.

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 9 years ago '05        #1607
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Tex I need to paypal you some cheese for the Cowboys and Steeler game. LOL.... I my pops will ban me from his house for life.
 07-21-2008, 03:47 PM         #1608
Deuce Black  OP
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who keeps bumping this gay thread
 9 years ago '05        #1609
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A little UPDATE ON FELIX JONES



Antwain Jimmerson had known Felix Jones for years, ever since they spent their days attending the same church in Tulsa. Jimmerson was a family friend of the Jones’ family, and knew that some day Felix would play football for him at Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School.



Of course, since Felix was an eighth-grader at this particular time, knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, and football wasn’t on the list. Football ranked somewhere on the priority list between eating vegetables and taking out the trash.


“Coach, once I get to high school I’m going to play basketball,” Jones told Jimmerson. “I’m a basketball player.”


True enough, Jones was and remains a pretty good basketball player. But eventually Jimmerson was able to talk him into playing football, but not running back.


“Coach, I’m a receiver,” Jones told Jimmerson when he was a freshman.
True enough, Jones was and remains a pretty good receiver. But eventually Jimmerson was able to talk him into running back.


“Second or third game of his sophomore year, I had to suspend our starting running back, who is also my nephew,” Jimmerson said. “Day of the game I told Felix he was playing running back. Needless to say my family was a little mad at me that I did it.”


So it may have taken some time for Felix Jones to find his right position on the field, but he did. And the Dallas Cowboys, whose players report to training camp Thursday, think they have found the right person to add a little bit more pop to their offense in 2008.


Although a Cowboys first-round 2008 draft pick out of the University of Arkansas, it seems that since he was a kid Jones has been groomed to be in the position he’s in now -- the guy who sits on fringe of the photograph, never receiving the attention as the person in the middle … and he desperately prefers it that way.


The quiet type
New Orleans Saints receiver Robert Meachem had played with Jones for two seasons in high school, spent countless hours with him, and thought he knew Felix well enough. But it wasn’t until he came back from the University of Tennessee in late May when, for the first time, he actually saw a different Felix Jones.


“It was his prom night, and he was at this party a friend of a friend threw, and we were both there,” Meachem said. “He was so excited. And it was the very first time I ever saw him when he talked and talked and talked. That was funny to me. After as long as I had known him, I had never seen that.”


Anybody who knows Jones well pretty much all say the same thing: A night like that from Felix Jones is like seeing Halley’s Comet twice on the same night. Only when Jones is very comfortable in his environment and those in it will he reveal himself.


About the only time Jones will easily reveal himself is after a loss.


“I saw him literally change as a person if we lost,” former Cowboys a.ssistant and current Miami Dolphins a.ssistant coach David Lee said. Lee spent last season with Jones as the Arkansas offensive coordinator.


“He hates to lose as much as anybody I’ve ever been around. He is that way. He absolutely can’t stand it.”


Raised in Tulsa by a pastor and a devoutly religious mother, Jones remains a portrait of humility and shyness. He’d rather eat worms than talk about himself.


He sang in the church choir as well as participated in annual plays, but it’s easy to envision Felix Jones playing the part of the tree so he wouldn’t have to talk. Or the kid who is to the far right of the riser so he’s not easily seen.


“I learned early on that he was not a guy you could holler at or he could go backwards,” Lee said. “But what I also learned is all you needed to do was tell him what you wanted once and he could correct anything. He’s a real genuine person with a sensitive spirit.”


Dynamic Hog duo


Jones came over to football as a high school freshman with the idea that he would be a wide receiver, despite his coach’s plea to change positions. But at every practice, Jones would be one of 20 kids waiting to run practice routes.


With the likes of Meachem and other Division I-A talent on his team, Jones was not going to be a receiver. It took until his sophomore year before he reluctantly agreed, or was coerced, into the running back spot.


“Yeah, we had a talk,” Jones said of his high school coach.


There was reluctance, perhaps because of the contact. Once Jones realized he was either faster or stronger than everyone else, he started at safety and running back and was truly off and running.


“Every time he touched the ball it was 7 yards,” Meachem said. “And in his senior year it was 15 yards. He never got stopped. It was like he was destined to be a running back.”


That was right up until Jones suffered a season-ending ankle injury early in his junior year.


“I figured everything out after that,” Jones said. “Once my senior year came around, I got a little better and started to think I could do something with this.”


Meachem might be right that Jones was destined to be a running back, but not a star. A star relishes in its own illumination. Jones seems to deliberately try to cover his.


When he signed with Arkansas, the Hogs also had Darren McFadden, who would turn out to be a two-time Heisman finalist in the Hogs backfield.
Jones could have started for any other college team in America -- he averaged 7.6 yards per carry and twice ran for more than 1,000 yards -- yet he was OK with being the guy off the bench. Even though it was McFadden who received nearly all of the team’s national attention, every now and then no one could tell there was a difference between the two.


When Arkansas beat LSU last fall in three overtimes, Lee called for a toss sweep with the option to pass on the 2-point conversion.
“Let’s put it in the hands of McFadden and see if they can tackle him,” Lee told then Arkansas coach Houston Nutt.


The huddle broke from the sidelines, and there was McFadden not going anywhere.


“What is Felix doing running out there?” Nutt said into his headset, noting that he had no more timeouts.


“Who cares?” Lee said.


Much like McFadden, no one could tackle Jones either, and he scored on the sweep designed for McFadden for the game-winning points in one of the nation’s biggest upsets of the season.


Starting personality
Before Jones was selected in the first round in April, the Cowboys committed to Marion Barber as the starter. Then the Cowboys could have either Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall or Jones, and it appears consistent with the rest of his career that Jones would land on a team where he wouldn’t have to be the man, even if he could.


“He has the personality to be a starter, but he just doesn’t care about that,” Lee said.


A couple of months after Jones was drafted he was back living with his mother. He was also back at Booker T. Washington, working out with the high schoolers, many who aspire to be him now.


“Most of the time when a guy gets drafted they never come back,” Jimmerson said. “But Felix is out there, working out with my guys.”


And when the two talk now there is no need for Jimmerson to plead with Jones to play running back.
“I think,” Jones said, “it kinda all worked out.”
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 9 years ago '05        #1610
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Hopefully we can get him and Jenkins signed soon
 9 years ago '05        #1611
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 BoSox84 said:
Hopefully we can get him and Jenkins signed soon
Pretty much!
 07-26-2008, 05:26 AM         #1612
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 Deuce Black said:
who keeps bumping this gay thread
Your mom. She's a diehard fan...you didn't know? I guess you never noticed that blue and silver star on her right @ss cheek with the words "How Bout Dem Cowboys?!" underneath.

 Jaiden05 said:
Tex I need to paypal you some cheese for the Cowboys and Steeler game. LOL.... I my pops will ban me from his house for life.
That's funny, cause my pops is a Steelers fan too...he's going to be after that one.
 07-26-2008, 12:15 PM         #1613
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 texasplayboy_23 said:
Your mom. She's a diehard fan...you didn't know? I guess you never noticed that blue and silver star on her right @ss cheek with the words "How Bout Dem Cowboys?!" underneath.
:finger: fu*ker :(
 07-27-2008, 01:59 AM         #1614
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 9 years ago '05        #1615
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Good to hear we got the first rounders signed and in practice. Can't wait to see MIKE JENKINS!!! on the field in game action. :applause:
 9 years ago '05        #1616
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 BoSox84 said:
Good to hear we got the first rounders signed and in practice. Can't wait to see MIKE JENKINS!!! on the field in game action. :applause:
Can't wait to see him, Adam, TNew, Henry, Hamlin and even Roy in the d backfield.
 07-27-2008, 09:25 PM         #1617
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is it true wade is on the hot seat due to the playoff record
 07-27-2008, 09:36 PM         #1618
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been a cowboys fan all my life and i hope this is the year, right before moving into a new stadium and romo gets his ring
 9 years ago '05        #1619
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 Deuce Black said:
is it true wade is on the hot seat due to the playoff record
He needs to win the Super Bowl or he is done IMO. Even then I still think Jerry may force him to retire and let Garrett become head coach.
 07-28-2008, 08:47 AM         #1620
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:iagree:

 Deuce Black said:
is it true wade is on the hot seat due to the playoff record
Jerry will obviously say no, but we're sure he is. It isn't his fault he inherited a team with a horrible PO loss streak, but everyone knows he's just keeping the seat warm until Garrett's ready to take over.
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