Dallas Cowboys release Adams, Hamlin

So much for the quiet Dallas Cowboys offseason. On Friday morning, the Cowboys released starting left tackle Flozell Adams and safety Ken Hamlin.

The timing of the release is quite surprising when you consider the Cowboys were not up against some type of deadline. Adams was due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June, but the Cowboys could have waited to see what happened in April's draft.

Hamlin needed to be gone at some point, but it certainly leaves at hole at the position. The move signals that the Cowboys want to give some young players an opportunity.

Unless something crazy happens in the draft, Doug Free is now the starting left tackle. And Alan Ball and Mike Hamlin will compete to replace Hamlin.

There's also a chance the Cowboys could go after someone such as Nate Allen with the No. 27 pick. I had written about this potential move Thursday. But I'm surprised it happened this quickly.