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CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 7: Flozell Adams #76 of the Dallas Cowboys blocks against Kamerion Wimbley #95 of the Cleveland Browns during the game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 7, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Flozell Adams has signed a two year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nicknamed “The Hotel” due to his gargantuan 338 pound frame, he is a five time Pro Bowl selection, with the most recent appearance being in 2007.  Flozell protected Captain Overrated’s blind side in all 16 games last season.  Since I try to ignore America’s Laughingstock as much as possible, I can only repeat many are claiming his release was primarily due to the hefty $2.5 million bonus on top of the $5 million salary he was due to collect this year.

Or it may have been because he’s a massive tool.   You may recall a Sunday night game against the Giants near the end of the season where he cheapshotted Justin Tuck as the teams were walking off the field for halftime.   Or there was the MNF game earlier in the year which saw Adams receive a personal foul for blatantly tripping Julies Peppers.  In fact, he was smacked with $25,000 worth of fines for various unsavory acts in each of the first three games of the season.  I’m fine with protecting your QB at all costs but when you’re tripping guys because you got beat or attempting to cold cock other players from behind, there is something rotten in Big D.

Max Starks, one of the NFL’s better left tackles, is due to make $6.7 million this season.   It’s not yet known if Flozell will move to the easier right tackle position or they’ll shift Max back over to where he started for our 2005 Super Bowl champions.  Wherever he plays, Adams should at least improve the run blocking as the Cowboys were an excellent rushing team the past few seasons.

As you may have gathered, I’m less than thrilled with this signing.  I really can’t fault the Steelers, though.   The offensive line situation is desperate and we haven’t even played one preseason game.   Rookie Chris Scott broke his foot while incumbent starter Willie Colon tore his ACL.   Both are done for the year.  Jonathan Scott started for the Bills last season so he could be an option.   But behind him we have undrafted rookie Kyle Jolly and total bust Tony Hills as the only fallbacks.

While I’m not sure we should put too much faith in a 35 year old who is about one bucket of KFC away from weighing four bills, Flozell the Hotel should at least provide a little insurance to a team which needs every bit it can get right now.

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  • Ricky

    I agree the Steelers need depth at that position now with all the unfortunate things this offseason has brought us, but with that being said its hard to say if this was the right guy. Note only with the reasons you stated above but if he is a started for sure (seems to be a given started becuase he was signed to a 2 year deal, if he was a camp filler he would have only got a 1 year deal) I am worried about the 5,000 false start penalty’s that will come with him…. I havnt checked my facts but I am pretty sure she was the false start leader of the league last year with dallas. If he puts our offense behind the 8 ball with the penalty’s (usually always on a damn 3rd down) it will hurt our running game and force Arians to be more predictable than he already is.

    Who knows maybe our new line coach can teach
    discipline to a cowboy vet but I wont hold my breath.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    I don’t think anybody can teach him discipline. His record speaks for itself. He’s an immature hothead. And all the tripping and false starts indicate he is afraid of getting beat or gets beat. I hope I’m wrong but I have a bad feeling about this signing. A very bad feeling.

  • Scott

    Big Ben is an embarrassment to the NFL.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    I’m not a Big Ben fan either, Scott. However, everything has a time and place. This is not about Ben, it’s about Flozell and the O-line. Please try to stay on topic.

  • Ron

    Flozell has a lot of false starts because he is deaf in his right ear. He has been an excellent LT for many years although he has lost a stepor three, hence the tripping penalties in an effort to protect his QB on plays he gets beat. As for him improving your running game, he is an excellent straight ahead blocker but is not very mobile. Dallas ran mainly to the right and up the middle last year because of this. Dallas is very excited to have Free starting now because they can now run wide to the left.

  • http://www.thelandryhat.com Joe D. Ramirez

    I’m a writer for The Landry Hat, a fansided blog, so I’d like to address your article.

    Former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Flozell Adams has signed a two year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    I agree it was a mistake. Flo is on his last legs. One year to have depth is reasonable, to sign him for two years is too much.

    Flozell protected Captain Overrated’s blind side in all 16 games last season. Since I try to ignore America’s Laughingstock as much as possible,

    Really? Name calling? How old are you?

    I can only repeat many are claiming his release was primarily due to the hefty $2.5 million bonus on top of the $5 million salary he was due to collect this year.

    It has nothing to do with the financials. Doug Free is young and athletic, the Cowboys want to know if he is worth signing to a longterm contract before his contract expires. If anything, Flozel wasn’t mobile enough to pull or handle blocking for sweeps or tosses.

    Or it may have been because he’s a massive tool.

    Flozell was one of out better behaved players. On a team of characters, we had very little problems with him off the field.

    You may recall a Sunday night game against the Giants near the end of the season where he cheapshotted Justin Tuck as the teams were walking off the field for halftime.

    Actually what happened was an interception and it was perfectly legal to hit a defender turned blocker. It just wasn’t viewed in context at the time of the play and he was penalized. It was a smart play that he simply didn’t get credit for.

    Or there was the MNF game earlier in the year which saw Adams receive a personal foul for blatantly tripping Julies Peppers. In fact, he was smacked with $25,000 worth of fines for various unsavory acts in each of the first three games of the season. I’m fine with protecting your QB at all costs but when you’re tripping guys because you got beat or attempting to cold cock other players from behind, there is something rotten in Big D.

    Flo wasn’t athletic enough to play one on one. Tripping is a product of poor positioning and technique. I’d rather Flo trip that let the defender kill Tony.

    Max Starks, one of the NFL’s better left tackles, is due to make $6.7 million this season. It’s not yet known if Flozell will move to the easier right tackle position or they’ll shift Max back over to where he started for our 2005 Super Bowl champions.

    He should play on the right side. He’s deaf in his right ear, which may explain why he has had so many false starts over his career. At least if he is on the right side, he can hear the snap count.

    Wherever he plays, Adams should at least improve the run blocking as the Cowboys were an excellent rushing team the past few seasons.

    Nope. He can plow straight ahead, but he is not able to move or pull. I’m not sure how much movement is required of your tackles, but don’t expect any runs to the outside on Flo’s side.

    As you may have gathered, I’m less than thrilled with this signing. I really can’t fault the Steelers, though. The offensive line situation is desperate and we haven’t even played one preseason game.

    Personally, I blame Roeth more than the o-line. They do the best they can, but Roeth holds the ball too long which leads to sacks. Yall won a SB 2 years ago with him doing that, so it’s not all bad, but o-linemen hate that. It’s like when Barry Sanders used to run all over the place and never ran to the hole. It’s hard to be an o-linemen when you get all the blame, but you did your job right .

    While I’m not sure we should put too much faith in a 35 year old who is about one bucket of KFC away from weighing four bills, Flozell the Hotel should at least provide a little insurance to a team which needs every bit it can get right now.

    Have you tried the new chicken sandwich without bread from KFC? It looks good, but I think I would be sick after eating it.

    I share many of your sentiments, but I hope I was able to clarify some of your points.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    Thanks for clarifying some things. As I said, I wouldn’t watch a Cowboys game if my mortgage was bet on it. I agree Ben holds the ball too long but our line has still sucked. You probably haven’t watched Willie Colon play. Flozell plowing straight ahead automatically makes him better than Colon. Anyway, thanks.

    And Tony Romo is an overrated man whore. Sorry but it’s true…

    • Joe D. Ramirez

      No problem, I enjoy talking about all things Cowboys, though the readers at the landry hat are just that, readers and not responders. It’s a smidge frustrating.

      As for Romo, he does somethings incredibly well. Evading 5 untouched rushers isn’t one of them. And that is what he has had to face in the last game of each season the past 3 years.

      Beyond that, I am a die-hard Romo fan and considering he was an undrafted free agent, how am I going to complain. Especially after Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, Clint Stoerner, Randall Cunningham, Vinnie Testeverde, Drew Henson, and Drew Bledsoe.

      He may not be a ferrari, but we didn’t go out and buy a new ferrari. We found a 1950 frame of a Corvette and put it all together (Romo’s efforts mostly). Now it runs well. It’s not going to be in a street race anytime soon, but it runs and it’s a miracle.

  • Leslie Coleman

    This is the first place I’ve heard mention of Flozell’s cheap shots & tripping from last year, even though it was the first thing I thought of when he was signed. I’ve been wondering why more hasn’t been made of it. Ugh.

    • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

      I don’t read any other Steelers blogs so I have no idea why their analysis is so poor. The tripping thing was the first image of Flozell I had, too. I guess nobody makes anything of it because they’re waiting until they see it for themselves. Honestly, though, I think most people realize Willie Colon wasn’t very good so they’re thinking “How much worse could Flozell possibly be?”

  • http://si.com tim

    What do you mean capt overrated ….i can’t believe how many Cowboy haters there are out there….maybe when the Cowboys win the bowl this year that crap talk will stop

    • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

      What do I mean? How many playoff wins does he have? ONE. How many Super Bowl championships? ZERO. So what exactly has he accomplished in his career except banging Jessica Simpson? NOTHING.

      Super Bowl, huh? Oh, I’m gonna love when you guys don’t even make the playoffs this year. Keep dreamin’.

  • Jack

    “Captain Overrated”??? I’m sorry, has he not truly “arrived” until he’s sexually assaulted multiple women? Tell ya what…we’ll keep our “trash”, and you can have the biggest scum bag to ever wear the black and gold. I’m a huge Cowboy fan, and even I’M ashamed for the Steelers. You’re an idiot…