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Brian Dawkins Likely to Retire an Eagle, but Could He Return as Player?

Not exactly a whole lot is happening in Eagleland these days as the NFL prepares for its biggest game of the season on Sunday in Indianapolis.

So when news items like this one come across the desk, well, we gotta roll with it.

Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Daily News speculates that Broncos safety and former Eagles legend Brian Dawkins will call it quits this offseason. The 38-year-old Dawkins missed four of Denver’s last five games with a fairly significant neck injury, leaving his future in football much in doubt.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t even want to think too deeply about that right now. If it happens, just let it be a surprise to everybody and it’ll be a surprise for myself and we’ll go from there.”

After a brilliant start to his career in Philadelphia, Dawkins spent the last three seasons in Denver after the Broncos outbid the Eagles for the former All-Pro safety. Perhaps not suprisingly, the Eagles have still yet to replace both Dawkins’ physical and leadership skills three full seasons later.

If Dawkins does retire, expect him to sign a one-day contract with the Birds, ending his career in the city it began back in 1996.

Some have suggested that Dawkins, who will become a free agent in March, could possibly return to Philadelphia and play next season, but I find that scenario to be highly unlikely at this point. But who knows? A young group of safeties could use a veteran presence, and it would be a move that would fire up the fan base, something that this franchise could stand to do at this point.

Just something to keep an eye on.

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