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Dawkins’ time in Denver looks to be over

Broncos' Dawkins blocks Raiders' Palmer during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Oakland Reuters

Three years ago, the Eagles allowed safety Brian Dawkins to leave via free agency, a decision created a controversy between the team and a former stadium game-day employee who complained profanely about the move on Facebook.

The conclusion of Dawkins’ tenure in Denver likely won’t cause similar consternation.  Either way, the end appears to be coming for Dawkins with the Broncos, especially since there have been no talks to date between the team and the player regarding his future.  He’ll become a free agent in little more than two weeks.

“I have not had a chance to talk with Brian to see what his plans are, whether he’d like to come back or not,” Elway said at the Scouting Combine on Friday, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.  “Not speaking for him, I know he’s probably going through a tough time — having been a football player — how hard it is making that decision when you’re getting close to the end of your career whether you want to continue to play or not.”

Dawkins, 38, entered the league with the Eagles in 1996.  He’s an eight-time Pro Bowler and a four-time first-team All Pro.

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43 Responses to “Dawkins’ time in Denver looks to be over”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Feb 24, 2012 7:11 PM

    The new rules against spearing WRs in the back with your helmet pretty much took his game away anyhow.

  2. ajknox88 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    He’s my brothers favorite player and has been since he was a kid. I’ve got to say he’s had an excellent run and could probably continue playing but it’s probably time to hang ‘em.

  3. justanotherdummy says: Feb 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    Whether he decides to play or retire, I have nothing but the utmost respect for Dawk. Always prepared, professional and willing to sacrifice his body for the team, he is a legend here in Philadelphia. His was the first jersey for which I spent the money to buy the really good one with stitched on letters. A quality man, and excellent football player. I cannot wait for Brian Dawkins Day at Lincoln Financial field, whenever that time might come.

  4. cured76 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    I’d give him a roster spot back with the Eagles in a heartbeat. Even if his playing skills are diminished, the guy would be invaluable to have in the locker room and for the young guys in the secondary to learn from. One of my favorite players ever. Brian plays with passion and intensity and is still going strong at 38. Hated to see him leave, would love to see a homecoming.

  5. reasonableeaglefan says: Feb 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    He’s just about my favorite player of all time, and the game will miss him when he retires, but the birds fans who are about to jump on here and shout that we need him back should pump the breaks and realize he’s 38 with a bad neck. Now should we have let him go, that’s another question…

  6. tinopuno says: Feb 24, 2012 7:25 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Feb 24, 2012 7:11 PM

    The new rules against spearing WRs in the back with your helmet pretty much took his game away anyhow.
    =================================

    jennifer

    Please…crawl back under your rock.

  7. bleed4philly says: Feb 24, 2012 7:28 PM

    Come back to Philly, sign a one-day contract and retire as an Eagle.

  8. philahitman says: Feb 24, 2012 7:33 PM

    Before Eagle fans flood this… NO, trading safeties who can’t tackle for a safety who cant cover is not a good idea.

  9. nceaglesfan says: Feb 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    @jenniferxxx

    You obviously have little respect for one of the best players at his position over the past decade. If you knew football at all you’d know you that Dawkins plays physical football and will it you and hit you hard, not cheap. He dosen’t lead with the head. When a WR cowers and curls up in a ball from fear he needs a good hit in the back.

    With the login of JenniferXXX I’m assuming your female, your comment implies something less than a lady (I held my tounge on that)

  10. dawkinseffect says: Feb 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    COME BACK TO PHILLY!!!! our current safeties suck

  11. chaseutley says: Feb 24, 2012 7:42 PM

    Dear Dawk,
    Please bring whatever you’ve got left back to the Eagles. Player. Coach. ‘Team ambassador’ like Hugh Douglas….. You have been missed.
    Signed,
    All Eagles Fans

  12. blutri10 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:42 PM

    As a Giants fan — I gotta say…the guy was a helluva player.

    I would also say there is a high probability of Dawkins coming back to Philly. They’ll need to keep the locker room together next year…and he would be just the guy to do it.

    I can see a one year deal back to Philly.

  13. stevemo says: Feb 24, 2012 8:00 PM

    JenniferXXX is a troll, fellas. Probably not the brightest idea to correct his/her comments on every article as they are trying to rile people up.

    Anyway, I grew up watching Dawkins. Sad to see these guys going (Manning (?), Dawkins, Ricky Williams, Randy Moss, etc.).

  14. asublimeday says: Feb 24, 2012 8:03 PM

    When I saw the word “consternation”, I knew this couldn’t be a rosenthal article.

  15. 7to10for6allday says: Feb 24, 2012 8:18 PM

    I’d like to see him come back just bc I’m an eagles fan and the guy is just pure class act. The eagles would have been smart to convert him to the weak side LB position. He was playing close to scrimmage his last couple years anyway and I think he would’ve been a heck of a run stopper. He wouldve been better than the stiffs they’ve had the last couple years. Hopefully they draft and pick up a free agent LB this year. #bleedgreenforlife

  16. steelersarewhatfootballisabout says: Feb 24, 2012 8:18 PM

    I can acknowledge quality players when I see ‘em, though I wish they were on da Steelers’ roster if they already aren’t. Dawkins was one of the top safeties in the league for a significant period of time. Possibly Hall of Fame, even, and a leader on and off the field from what the media has portrayed of him over the years. He will be missed. Hopefully he can still be involved with the NFL and have time for his family.

  17. eaglez10 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:38 PM

    Weapon X the best FS I have ever seen yea you can make an argument for some other players but this guy is a beast he never quit every game he played with heart even if we were losing. I’d love him to be back as eagle. Damn when we let him go that’s when I wished they would ve fired ried he’s the eagles missing piece for a championship.

  18. t16rich says: Feb 24, 2012 8:40 PM

    Eagles need to make it up to their fans and get this guy back on the damm roster!!!!

  19. mrslay1 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:41 PM

    Geez denver, the guys obviously got a year or 2 left. Sign him for at least another year…you need all the proven help you can get!

  20. flavordave says: Feb 24, 2012 8:41 PM

    I have alot of man love for you Dawk. And I dont mean that in a weird way.

  21. beauregard says: Feb 24, 2012 8:46 PM

    JenniferXXX is a troll whose abition is to make outrageous comments with the sole intent of firing your rockets. Ignoring them is the best practice.

    On Dawkins, he was very well liked here in Denver, but he should retire an Eagle. Denver should work out a deal where he’s released and resigned in Philly in the same day. He deserves this much.
    Classy guy who cherishes the role model position.

  22. pettergriffen says: Feb 24, 2012 8:52 PM

    Hes going to Oakland to play for coach allen.
    write it down

  23. tropboi11 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:54 PM

    Im an Eagles hater cause im a Bucs fan but I love Dawkins, come on down to Tampa, the weather is great so you can retire down here and buy a vacation home

  24. johanneschimpo says: Feb 24, 2012 8:57 PM

    Why would they get rid of him? He’s a PRO BOWLER, lol.

  25. nygsbchamps4 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:58 PM

    Probably the right move by Denver, he doesn’t have anything left in the tank. He’d look great in an Eagles jersey again.

  26. 7pints says: Feb 24, 2012 9:26 PM

    I’m not sure I can infer that Dawkins is not returning to my boys from this blog, but if it is true… Thank you B-Dawk for your leadership, outstanding ability and your willingness to give up your body on every play!!!

    And thank you to the other posters for calling out the troll called jenniferxxx. She may not see this, because she has an “occupy” something rally to attend.

  27. unbiased8383 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:32 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan and he is still one of my favorite players. I love how hard he played, sacrificed his body and was a great leader. I hope that guy gets a ring somewhere this year he deserves it. First ballot HOF in my book.

  28. runtheball says: Feb 24, 2012 9:35 PM

    At 38 it’s time to get on with your life’s work Dawk. Canton awaits.

  29. sdffa11 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:42 PM

    definitely my favorite player of all time. i hope he goes out on the high road and retires now. i hate it when legends cant walk away when they cant perform at the same level.

    if the eagles front office had any brains, they would resign brian dawkins to a 1 day contract when he decides to retire. he needs to retire as an eagle.

  30. turk2875 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:42 PM

    Every few often a player like Brian Dawkins comes around and if this is the end of the road for him, its been one heck of a career that will one day be fulfilled in Canton. Just wish he had won a Super Bowl, no one deserved it more.

  31. nfl fan says: Feb 24, 2012 11:10 PM

    We watched him for years making a living leading with his head. You cashed the checks, time to pay for it. Walk away while you can.

  32. tropboi11 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:47 PM

    To bad the crappy Eagles couldn’t get the guy a ring, they had the opportunities.

    And just to bring back some bad memories for you eagles fans….. Ronde Barber, haha

  33. ifinallyhadtosignupsoicanbeatrosenthalatff says: Feb 25, 2012 12:38 AM

    Favorite player ever, hands down. Best leader on a football field hands down. Makes Ray Lewis look like a cub scout leader. Great man, great player, great leader.
    Eagles should have kept him for these last three years and now they could have let him walk with no complaints from anyone. Maybe they could have won a title in that time. Bad move by Eagles FO on a once in a generation leader. Did I mention he is a great leader?

  34. rajbais says: Feb 25, 2012 12:40 AM

    Hall of Famer in 5-10 years!!!!!!

  35. mnjoemama says: Feb 25, 2012 12:49 AM

    Please come to the Vikings!!! we could use a smart veteran safety on a 1 year deal to sure things up in the secondary til 2013 draft class. Hes played under Leslie before and even at 38 he played at a high level in Denver when healthy. Skol Vikes

  36. jssgriffi says: Feb 25, 2012 1:20 AM

    Come on home!! B-Dawk!! We need idiot man on that field one last time!!

  37. lilrob10201 says: Feb 25, 2012 1:46 AM

    jenniferxxx says:
    Feb 24, 2012 7:11 PM
    The new rules against spearing WRs in the back with your helmet pretty much took his game away anyhow.
    ——————————————–
    Who let you out the kitchen ?

  38. joetoronto says: Feb 25, 2012 8:19 AM

    I’ve always admired B-Dawk, right from when he first started with the Eagles.

    He’s done now but man, what a career.

    All the best to you, Brian.

  39. oldbyrd says: Feb 25, 2012 9:22 AM

    Brian Dawk is NOT DONE…..Come back to phila. and coach….I bet that would give the team a lift and needed leadership

  40. forevercorr says: Feb 25, 2012 11:35 PM

    If I were Dawkins, I’d have a problem coming back to Phillie. Being allowed to walk after so many years service. I’m sure Brian knows what Denver’s offer will be and the team is likely just giving him time to consider his future. I hope he becomes a coach soon. He’s still better than 80% of safeties, but it’s tough seeing him getting hurt like this.

  41. setfree11411 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:46 PM

    Come back to Philadelphia Brian…I don’t care if you can’t play anymore, at the very least you could take over for Juan Castillo…That would be one heck of an upgrade. You can retire here as well, just come back darn it.

  42. raiderfankirk says: Feb 29, 2012 3:41 PM

    At 38 he’s still better than 75% of the starting FS’s in the league. If he wants to keep playing he will. Would’nt hurt my feelings for him to not play for the Donkeys, would look real good in silver n black Brian.

  43. philliesphan says: Mar 1, 2012 10:29 PM

    BDawk is a class act, I was heartbroken when he left the Eagles, but I can’t blame them for not matching the contract at the time. Looking back now, he was still better than anyone else they ran out there at safety. Part of me thinks for his sake he should hang them up, but as an Eagles fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing number 20 in Eagles green one more season. It will probably be the last 20 you see in Eagles history.

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