The Philadelphia Eagles and Brian Dawkins agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension that will keep the five-time Pro Bowl safety in Philadelphia for the rest of his career. This is the 32-year-old’s third contract extension with Philadelphia, and his second in the past four years, since being drafted in 1996.
"It is nice to get this out of the way and it’s time to get the season going," said Dawkins prior to the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. "I’m looking forward to being here another two years. It’s a good thing for me, absolutely, and for the organization."
For weeks, both sides agreed that they wanted to get a deal done, but were unable to reach an agreement until Sunday. Eagles' president Joe Banner found the timing of the announcement to be appropriate considering that the Eagles were in Canton for the Hall of Fame game. "When the time is right and the Hall of Fame knocks on Brian's door, he will be recognized as one of those special players,” said Eagles President Joe Banner. “He is as top quality a player as we've had since we started with this organization. He's a top-quality guy, he's loyal to the Eagles -- he stands for everything we believe in. He has a great work ethic, he's a winner, he works in the community. Brian represents the Eagles perfectly."
With former teammate Reggie White being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Dawkins admitted that he had been thinking about the day when he might enter the Hall. "Hopefully, that will be the culmination of my career, when it’s all said and done, I’ll be here," said Dawkins of the significance of announcing his contract extension while in Canton.
Dawkins is credited with helping to revolutionize the safety position in recent years. Dawkins has been equally effective against the pass as he has been against the run and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has been able to deploy him as a devastating blitzer, a significant force against the toughest of running teams and as one of the best pass defenders to ever roam a secondary as a safety.
Since landing the starting role in the second game of his rookie season, Dawkins has averaged 94 tackles per year, while posting 28 interceptions, the most by any active NFL player with their current team and the fifth-highest total ever by an Eagle. His 451 interception return yards also rank third among Eagles all-time. Dawkins is also one of four players in NFL history to post 28 interceptions and 17 sacks, joining Leroy Butler, Rodney Harrison and Ronde Barber.