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July 15, 2008 2:43 PM

Stop: Hammer time

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Dallas re-signed safety Ken Hamlin, giving him a six-year contract that totals $39 million. The Associated Press reports the deal includes a $9 million signing bonus and about $15 million Hamlin is guaranteed to see. A link to the full story is right here.

Hamlin left the Seahawks for Dallas in 2007, but only after Seattle had signed Deon Grant and Brian Russell in a single 24-hour span. That made it clear the Seahawks were upgrading the safety play.

Well, Hamlin went to Dallas, made the Pro Bowl his first season as a Cowboy and now has a big contract extension.

And for all his success, there has been almost no bemoaning Hamlin's departure here in Seattle. Why? Well, some of that is because the Seahawks allowed a league-low 15 touchdown passes in the regular season. The other is that Seahawk fans don't have amnesia. They remember all those over-the-top passes Seattle allowed in 2006, especially the bomb to Bernard Berrian in the divisional playoffs.

Well, there's a reference to the move in the Seahawks chapter in "Pro Football Prospectus 2008" -- which I find to be a great resource, by the way. Here's a link to it on Here's the excerpt:

"Like almost everyone on the Cowboys last year, Hamlin made the Pro Bowl, but astute Dallas fans may now realize why the Seahawks did not make a concerted effort to re-sign him: Yes, Hamlin hits hard when he's in position, but there are plenty of times when he takes the wrong angle and lets his assigned receiver burn him deep. That never happens with Grant, although he must get frustrated watching his backfield companion Brian Russell whiff on tackles so frequently."

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Posted by John N.

6:08 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Glad that contract didn't come from Seattle.
Hamlin whiffed on more tackles than Boulware did during his time with the Seahawks.
Dallas will regret that signing, although they are used to overpaying their safeties.

Posted by ajdaddy

10:27 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Wow. Hamiln for a boatload of money, and Roy Williams playing safety like a LB and having confidence problems? You go Jerry! Wait till the deep balls start rainbowing over the Cowboy secondary...

Posted by Southeast Seahawks

7:39 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Thanksgiving Day – Dallas TX, Hasselbeck to Burleson over the top twice from 40 to put the ‘Hawks up 14-0

Posted by McDawg

8:16 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Does anyone remember the 4th down interception he caught? I think it was during his last season as a Hawk, and I think it was in the end zone and it cost the offense 20 or 30 yards on the turnover.

There was a camera shot of the bench afterwards with him celebrating with 2-3 players, but the rest of his teammates were looking at him like he was an idiot - which of course he was - if he wasn't just selfishly racking up stats...

That was it for me, I was glad to see him off to Dallas.

Posted by Boses

9:19 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Good for Hamlin. Yea Capitalism!

Posted by Ziasudra

9:33 AM, Jul 16, 2008

dallas is welcome to him . . . .one less NFC team to worry about, as we know how to exploit part of their defense.

Posted by bigmaq

10:22 AM, Jul 16, 2008

"the Seahawks allowed a league-low 15 touchdown passes in the regular season." Shouldn't this statistic be served with an asterisk as this was against the following QBs: McCown, Leinart, Dilfer (twice), Grossman, Frerotte, Feeley, Moore, Smith, Redman and Collins. Feeley and Dilfer will never again play in the NFL and a number of others shouldn't be allowed to play again in the NFL.

Posted by dawgman

12:02 PM, Jul 16, 2008

"Shouldn't this statistic be served with an asterisk "

As long as the quoted statistics were from performances against another NFL team, there is no need for an asterisk.

Posted by superbad37

1:06 PM, Jul 16, 2008

i cant believe he made the pro bowl? and got paid?
he must have sold his soul cuz he is an idiot, especially when he is out at the clubs!

Posted by UT Hawk

2:59 PM, Jul 18, 2008

Thanksgiving is going to be that much better. He got paid, now he'll be lax in the backfield counting his money and whiff even more than he used to.

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