Eagles let go of 13 year veteran safety
Brian Dawkins and many in Philadelphia
The team let Dawkins walk to Denver
to play out his career when many felt
Dawkins could be the one Eagles who could
finish his career in the city of Brotherly
Love. Dawkins was a leader on the field
and off of it, bringing passion and hard
hitting on the field and class off of
it. Dawkins took a five year deal for
$17 Million with about $7-9 or it guarenteed
and that seems to be the straw that broke
the Eagles back. Many reports say the
Eagles were trying to pay Dawkins about
$8 million over two years.
Dawkins is likely playing on his last
contract and the security of guarenteed
big money was probably to big to pass
up and I can't blame him.
leaves the Philadelphia Eagles and
fans who only have memories of their "Weapon
The Broncos wanted Dawkins for his leadership
and was willing to overpay for it. Dawkins
won't have to cover the same amount of
area because he will be playing with
shutdown and certain hall of fame cornerback
Champ Bailey. There were many people
who would say Dawkins isn't the same
he was five years let long the one they
drafted and I agree but he was also caught
looking bad because of the teams young
players on defense including the linebacking
core of Akeem Jordan, Stewart Bradley,
Chris Gocong and Omar Gaither.
made the NFL Pro Bowl last season and
with good reason. His motivation after
the Baltimore loss propelled the team
to a unlikely playoff run and this close
to a Super Bowl appearance.
it's not what you do but how you do it
and the Philadelphia Eagles while successful
in so many aspects still haven't see
the light, in my opinion when it comes
to this aspect of their negotiations.
Maybe it's having the lead personel guy
being the head coach as well. Maybe it's
having a numbers guy in Joe Banner being
a lead negotiator. Whatever the case
there have been too many former players
who felt the process of resigning was
slighted to make the player seem lacking
for this practice to be made up.
Dawkins said himself he will always
be an Eagle and that will certainly be
true. He will be missed.
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