ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Safety Ken Hamlin #26 of the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
"I would like to say to all of my fans that I appreciate all the love that you have showed me in Dallas," Hamlin said, per Twitter. "It was a good run..... Thanks"
Considering the release, Archer believes that Dallas will use the no. 27 overall pick on a safety. The 2010 class, to be sure, offers plenty of options, with Earl Thomas (Texas), Nate Allen (Southern Florida) and Taylor Mays (USC) representing just a slice of one of the deepest class of defensive backs in recent memory.
Hamlin was signed to a six-year, $39 million deal after the 2007 season, in which he had a career-high five interceptions. Since then, he has posted just one interception. He is due $5.596 million in 2010, $1.09 million of which is guaranteed.
Alan Ball replaced Hamlin last season, when he went down with a high ankle sprain. However, the position, as stated, will likely be addressed in this month's draft.
Despite the early reports, there has been no official word from the team as of yet.
UPDATE: The reports have been confirmed by the team. Ken Hamlin has, in fact, been released, along with LT Flozell Adams.