Flozell Adams publicly discussed his release from the Cowboys for the first time last week at Steelers' camp, and expressed some lingering surprise over the move, which sent him from Dallas in April. Certainly like many fans, Adams says he was shocked by Dallas's decision to let hime go after 12 seasons; unlike many fans, who saw Adams' play decline noticeably last season, he says he doesn't know why.
"I really don't know why the Cowboys got rid of me,'' Adams said, per the Dallas Morning News. "It [is] one of those things that happened. So I just had to go out to greener pastures. I'm glad I'm here."
In this case, those greener pastures are in Pittsburgh, with the Steelers, where Adams has been penciled in to start at right tackle in place of Willie Colon. Colon suffered a torn Achilles tendon earlier this offseason, and will miss the entire 2010 season.
After the emergence of Doug Free last season, and the acquisition of Alex Barron via a trade with St. Louis, Dallas is content with the post-Adams tackle position. With Free getting better and Adams seemingly getting worse last season--Adams allowed 8.5 sacks in 2009--the Cowboys' made the move with finances in mind: they'll save around $5 million next year with Adams gone.
All of which seems to explain why Dallas thought it prudent to jettison the Hotel.
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