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Dawkins gets $17M deal

Posted on: February 28, 2009 2:33 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2009 2:34 pm

OK, so here's what took Brian Dawkins away from Philadelphia: A five-year, $17 million deal that could escalate to $27 million. But it's a front-loaded deal that, in reality, becomes a two-year, $9 million package, with Dawkins earning $7.2 million in 2009.


Category: NFL

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2009 5:08 pm

Dawkins gets $17M deal

A very generous offer, I'm glad for Brian.

The all-too-familiar shame of this is that the Eagles didn't need to match such a great offer. They could have offered him a bit more than half of that 3 months ago and locked him up for the few years left. But of course the Eagles FO - once again - low balled and then contemptuously waited for someone to beat them.

I eagerly await the biannual speech explaining to their fans that they're going to build through the draft and "stay competitive." At least by now it's become so frequent that most of the acrimony is gone.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2009 1:26 pm

Dawkins gets $17M deal

I think Brian Dawkins is a great player and 7.2 million garunteed is not that bad of a deal! I would want to see what his cap hit is going to be. Philadelphia needs to put some players areound Mcnabb so they can win the Super Bowl already.


Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2009 11:50 am

Dawkins gets $17M deal

It hurts to see him go.  His skills are not what they were a few years ago, but his leadership and motivation are as strong as ever.  He won't finish this contract, but that's pretty standard in the NFL.  Play for two years, get cut to clear salary space, and then retire an Eagle.


Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2009 4:33 pm

Dawkins gets $17M deal

Your the one who is clueless.


How is this the best franchise outside of the Pats and Colts? If SuperBowls are the ultimate goal, then this is one of the worst franchises in the Nfl. Ever. The probelm is fans like you accepting the Eagles reletive success. By not having won a superbowl the Eagles have been a failure. They have had multiple chances to win, and although yes, it has come down to the talent on the field, improving that talent is a job for the front office.

The Eagles front office has never (with the exception of 2004) brought in a number one wide reciever. The year that they did, they in turn went to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1980.

Secondly, the Eagles have drafted OK. First round busts such as Freddie Mitchell, Jerome MacDougle, and second roud picks like Matt McCoy and Winston Justice have been horrible selections. To say they have drafted well is an overstatement. It's more like they draft decent.


Also, now that Dawkins is gone, who is going to take his position on the Eagles? Will it be Quentin Demps, who struggled badly in coverage in the NFC championship game? Will they move Sheldon Brown to safety? Either move makes this team weaker on defense. Never mind they are now two safety's short since Considine signed with Jacksonville. So now you have no talent or depth aside from Quentin Mikell.

Although paying Dawkins 15 million dollars is overpaying, i'm sure that his contract for "5 years" is really more like 2 guarenteed years. NFL contacts are never truly worth the big money they appear, which is all the more reason the Eagles should have signed him. Sometimes you have to abandon your system of letting players go and just keep a guy. Although they are often times right when it comes to cutting players, they have not always been right.

Being greatful only gets you so far. Real fans want championship. They don't want second or third best. It's nice the Eagles have been entertaining, but by missing out on winning a superbowl what is the difference between them and a franchise like the Saints. Maybe 8 more wins a year.



Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2009 3:56 pm

Dawkins gets $17M deal

How can you knock the eagles front office.  Outside of the Patriots and maybe the Colts this is best run franchise in the nfl.  They missed the playoffs 2 times this decade, and one of those times was because T.O. ripped the team apart and the other was by on gm you cant ask for much more then that.  Sure they havent won a SB but that is due more to the players then the front office.  They draft well and know when to let people go.  I love Dawkins like the next guy he is the heart of the D but lets be honest here 17 million is a lot to pay a guy who is 35 and on the back end of his career.  If they wanted to play to the fans hearts they would be like a Washington or Dallas teams that over spend on players and this decade to show for it. Before you knock the front office get your facts straight this is a well run organization and there are plenty of teams that would kill to have the success the Eagles have had the past 10 yrs.  They could be like the Browns, 49ers, Saints, Dolphins or about 15 other teams that have done nothing and never make the playoffs.  Be grateful and stop being clueless.

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2009 3:31 pm

Dawkins gets $17M deal

It's a shame that managment in Philly hasn't quite figured it out yet.  They don't give Mcnabb adequate skill players to win the big one.  Then they bench him for a second round 2nd year player, that just wont be there yet for some time.  And to finish it all off pefectly they let go of arguably there best leader and defensive face.  Translation, poor management.  If the Eagles lose again this year and don't make the playoffs for once don't blame Mcnabb put it firmly on the front office.  Year end and year out this team always stays below the cap.  They never make daring moves in the draft.  it is because in the end they're cheap.  Until they let Washington, Grant, Franklin, and Lincoln out of their pockets and see the light of day, this team will always be sitting at home watching the big one instead of playing the big one.


Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2009 3:09 pm

Dawkins gets $17M deal

5/17+  ???  Well no wonder he's on the Broncos instead of the Eagles.  I VERY much wanted him to be wire-to-wire with Philly.  But I wouldn't expect them to go that high.  Good Luck to Brian Dawkins with his new team.  He will be an asset to Denver. 

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