Former Cowboys' safety Ken Hamlin, having signed earlier this week with the Baltimore Ravens, recently told the Baltimore Sun that he has "nothing to prove," and that his lackluster numbers over the past two seasons tell only part of the story.
Dallas opted to release the safety in April rather than pay him the five-plus million he was due in 2010. This is because, after a banner year in 2007--his first with the Cowboys, in which he recorded a career-high five interceptions--Hamlin's play took a decidedly unimpressive turn.
By this off-season, it was clear that the six-year, $39 million deal awarded the veteran safety after that season might have been a mistake. He was released on the same day as Flozell Adams, the team's longest tenured player.
After the aforementioned 2007 season, Hamlin has recorded just one interception; but the former Cowboy, speaking to the Ravens' website, doesn't put much stock in the stats. Indeed, he believes that, coming off an injury that forced him out of four games in 2009, he is still the player that earned that so-called mega-deal in 2007.
"I don't have anything to prove," Hamlin said to the Baltimore Sun, per the Dallas Morning News. "I play at a high level. You're never going to get the numbers that you want stat-wise. I know what I bring to a team. I know the type of player that I am.
"If you just look at stats, you're missing a lot," Hamlin continued, to the Ravens' official website. "I went in week-in, week-out and played as well as I could, even though I missed four games. Then, when I came back, I was playing a lot faster and looser. That was the biggest thing. I feel that I played at a high standard and continue to hold myself to that high standard."