Possible Free Agent Acquisition: S Brian Dawkins


Dawkins takes flight. (Photo Source)

 

While there has been more than enough talk about the Saints trying to acquire a defensive back from the Philadelphia Eagles, most of this hasn't surrounded safety Brian Dawkins.

Dawkins is a 13 year vet (all of them in Philadelphia), a six-time pro-bowl safety (including this past year) and a likely Hall of Famer. In fact, no defensive back other than Darren Sharper has disrupted more passing plays since 1996 than Dawkins. 

 

But before you get too excited about Dawkins as a possible option, listen to what Jason B from SB Nation's Eagles blog, Bleeding Green Nation, had to say.

Dawkins has made it pretty clear that he plans to return to the Eagles and head coach Andy Reid said he expects a deal to be done with him this week. I haven't heard any news in the past few days but the general feeling around town is that he'll be back and a new deal should come any day now. I haven't heard of any interest in Dawkins on the part of the Saints or really any other team.

That and the mutual love between Dawkins and the city of Philadelphia probably mean that he isn't actually going anywhere but we can dream can't we? Let's take a look at his stats while we're here.

 

Stats at a Glance

 

Brian Dawkins #20
Position: Free Safety Height:  6' 0"
College: Clemson
Weight:  210
Experience:  13 seasons
Birthday: 10/13/73
High School: William M. Raines HS; Jacksonville, FL

 Age:  35


Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FUM Lost
2008 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 75 64 11 3.0 -- 6 1 25 25.0 25 0 -- --
2007 Philadelphia Eagles 10 10 37 28 9 0.0 -- 6 1 1 1.0 1 0 -- --
2006 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 93 71 22 1.0 -- 9 4 38 9.5 38 0 -- --
2005 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 77 66 11 3.5 -- 19 3 24 8.0 24 0 -- --
2004 Philadelphia Eagles 15 15 69 61 8 3.0 -- 8 4 40 10.0 32 0 -- --
2003 Philadelphia Eagles 7 7 35 28 7 0.5 -- 5 1 0 0.0 0 0 -- --
2002 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 91 62 29 3.0 0 9 2 27 13.5 27 0 -- --
2001 Philadelphia Eagles 15 15 68 56 12 1.5 0 14 2 15 7.5 15 0 -- --
2000 Philadelphia Eagles 13 13 -- -- -- 2.0 -- 0 4 62 15.5 32 0 -- --
1999 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 -- -- -- 1.5 0 0 4 127 31.8 67T 1 -- --
1998 Philadelphia Eagles 14 14 -- -- -- 1.0 -- 0 2 39 19.5 30 0 -- --
1997 Philadelphia Eagles 15 15 -- -- -- 0.0 0 0 3 76 25.3 64T 1 -- --
1996 Philadelphia Eagles 14 13 -- -- -- 1.0 -- 0 3 41 13.7 30 0 -- --
TOTAL 545 436 109 21.0 0 76 34 515 -- 67 2 0 0

 

Do the Saints need him?

A talented veteran with lots of experience and locker room presence would be awesome. Unlike other 35 year old NFL players, it appears Brian Dawkins still has a bit left in the tank as well, making him a very attractive option. But alas, I wouldn't plan on it happening. Probably best to just move on. 

 

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