Longtime Cowboys' left tackle Flozell Adams was released, along with free safety Ken Hamlin, two weeks ago, bringing a 12-year relationship to an end. Adams was a five-time Pro Bowl selection for Dallas, and the last link to the era of the Triplets. Still, the only reaction before this weekend came in the form of a considerably lengthy statement by Jerry Jones.
"It's just hard to talk about because I have so much respect for Flo and what he's done. He's helped me get to where I'm able to play right now and a big part of that reason is because I've not had to worry about my left side in such a long time," Romo said. "Whoever is next in line, my job will be to get him to be at his best on Sunday when we play. We've got some good young guys and hopefully they'll be able to step up."
Adams's counterpart on the right side, RT Marc Colombo, offered his thought as well, per the DMN.
"He did a lot of great things here and obviously you're sad to see him go, but that's what happens in football if you stay long enough. Things like this happen," Colombo said. "You lose friends you go to battle with."
Colombo expressed confidence, however, in Adams's likely replacement, Doug Free.
"He'll do a good job," Colombo said, per the DMN. "I'm already getting with him and working and he just needs the reps and gain some confidence. He's got enough playing time to step in the role and play an entire season at a position."