Eagles general manager Howie Roseman admitted to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly that the Eagles made a mistake following the 2008 season when they let Brian Dawkins go to the Denver Broncos in free agency, where he got a five-year, $17 million deal.
Everybody knows the Eagles low-balled Dawkins in the contract negotiations but I don't think many people expected him to get as much money as he did considering he was entering his 14th season in the NFL.
Either way, the Eagles dropped the ball. Whether it was Joe Banner's lack of loyalty or a financial issue, there should've been a way around that to keep one of the most beloved players in Eagles history in Philadelphia for the rest of his career.
I had been highly critical of Howie Roseman in the past but I'm not going to lie, he has really come around this year. This is just another example.
Roseman stated that he stills calls up Dawkins looking for advice on safety play and added that the Eagles didn't know what kind of special player they had in Dawkins until he left. He could blitz, play in coverage, and stop the run. He was incredible and Roseman went as far as to say he is a Hall of Fame caliber player who is also a "once-in-a-lifetime kind of player."
I'm like a lot of Eagles fans when I say that Brian Dawkins is my all-time favorite Eagle.
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